The new childcare subsidies and how you can claim them

What do the new childcare subsidies mean for Irish families, what are the rates and how do parents claim them?

New grant equates to €960 per year – and with the average cost of childcare sitting between €800-€900 per month, the subsidy will cut costs for families with eligible kids
IRISH families […]

DCYA Roadshow – More Affordable Childcare Information Sessions

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs would like to extend an invitation to childcare providers to attend an information session to discuss the measures introduced for September 2017 to make childcare more affordable for parents.

The information sessions will take place in eight locations nationwide and officials from both DCYA […]

Minister announces €3.5m payment for childcare providers

An extra €3.5m will be made available to childcare providers in the form of a ‘non-contact time payment’ announced today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone.

This is in addition to €14.5 million in non–contact time payments Minister Zappone negotiated in Budget 2017 and which will […]

Public meeting on crisis within childcare

THE SIPTU Big Start campaign is hosting a public meeting to discuss the crisis within childcare in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, tomorrow (Thursday, June 8) at 8 p.m.

All those involved with the early years education sector, including parents, providers, managers and workers, are invited to attend the event.

The meeting will […]

Quality childcare costs and we need well paid early educators to make it happen

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT is due and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, is the architect of a timely and ambitious blueprint in Affordable Childcare, the foundations for which must be laid over the next three months, in time for a September 2017 launch date.

However, not only is […]

Private childcare providers raise concerns over roll out of new funding scheme

Private childcare providers raise concerns over roll out of new funding scheme

Laois TD Charlie Flanagan is pleased that extra funding for childcare is now available in Laois

A new subsidised childcare funding scheme was launched nationally this week.

Laois TD and […]