Around 7,500 extra children will qualify for childcare subsidies under a new national scheme.

The scheme, which will not open until October, has increased the top net income threshold to €60,000 meaning more parents will be able to avail of the assistance.

At its launch, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said: “It will provide the easiest way for parents and families to receive the supports that the government has to make childcare more affordable, higher quality, and accessible.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said reducing the cost of childcare would enable more parents to enter the workforce or to engage in further education. He said the scheme would combine universal and targeted subsidies.

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