DCYA Press Release - Government launches First 5, A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families

Monday 19th November 2018


The Government has today unveiled ‘First 5’, Ireland’s first ever cross-Departmental strategy to support babies, young children and their families.

The ambitious ten-year plan will deliver:

1.    A broader range of options for parents to balance working and caring

2.    A new model of parenting support 

3.    New developments in child health, including a dedicated child health workforce 

4.    Reform of the Early Learning and Care (ELC) system, including a new funding model

5.    A package of measures to tackle early childhood poverty


A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028


The Strategy was jointly launched by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, and Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. 

Click here for to view full press release.



DCYA Press Release - New Affordable Childcare Scheme to open for applications in October 2019
Tuesday 6th November 2018


  • Existing childcare subsidy schemes to remain in place for 2019/20 programme year, ensuring certainty for families and ‘continuity of care’ for children 
  • Comprehensive information and training supports to be rolled out from early 2019 offering a supported transition period for families and childcare providers


Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced that the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will open for applications in mid- October 2019, with payments flowing from November 2019. 

The scheme will offer a single, easy to access system of financial subsidies towards childcare for families in Ireland.  Through this, it will enhance affordability and accessibility, and provide a platform for investment in quality childcare to benefit current and future generations.


Click here to view full press release from Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.


Our dedicated staff team launched the ‘Parent’s Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2018/2019’ in the Jervis Shopping Centre on Thursday the 4th of October 2018.

We were also available to answer queries related to the childcare funding, searching for childcare in Dublin and other queries in relation to Early Years Care and Education. 

Our focus is to develop, support and enhance early childhood services through working proactively with parents and increasing awareness of services available in the community.

The evening was a great success and thank you to everyone who dropped by to say hello.

Photographs from the event have been added to our gallery and can be viewed here.

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