Important updates on funding schemes, deadlines, registration, and payments

Clarification to September Readiness 2017/2018 Announcement 

Please note the dates in our original announcement have been amended/clarified.  New versions of the notices have now been added to the links in our notice posted below. You can also visit the PIP Portal to access the latest announcements

Please note the service calendars must be submitted […]

€4 million to be spent giving 6,200 packs of sensory toys to crèches across the country

€4 million to be spent giving 6,200 packs of sensory toys to crèches across the country
Minister Katherine Zappone has set aside €4 million for the project, which is being put out to tender.

FREE SENSORY TOYS are to be offered to every childcare centre in the country as part of a […]

Review of childcare costs may pave way for increased subsidies

Review of childcare costs may pave way for increased subsidies
Study will investigate why Irish childcare is among the most expensive in Europe
Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has commissioned an independent study into the cost of childcare in an effort to secure more funding for a subsidy scheme for parents.
The review […]

Childcare payments may differ from county to county after creche fee audit

Childcare payments may differ from county to county after creche fee audit
The review will take 10 months to complete and will inform Minister Katherine Zappone’s future budget decisions.
A REVIEW OF crèche fees nationwide could result in differing grant payments to parents in the future, depending on how much they spend […]

Subsidy scheme for childcare needs up-to-date systems

Subsidy scheme for childcare needs up-to-date systems
Early Childhood Ireland says more childminders need to be brought into the scheme
The Government’s scheme for subsidising childcare must be supported by up-to-date systems to allow easier access for parents, an industry group has warned.
Early Childhood Ireland, which represents childcare providers, also said further work […]

Help for parents as Government announces more childcare places

Senior Government figures will today move to assure families of their commitment to reduce childcare costs through the announcement of 5,000 extra places for children.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone will also insist that further childcare incentives will be rolled out in Budget 2018.

Today’s announcement will pledge to […]