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Crèches will be ‘monitored’ over abuse of childcare subsidy

Crèches will be ‘monitored’ over abuse of childcare subsidy

Minister Zappone warns against profiteering as Affordable Childcare Scheme begins

Parents of children in registered childcare providers will have up to €80 a month knocked off their bills under the Affordable Childcare scheme which takes effect on Friday.

The new scheme was introduced in last October’s Budget to provide financial […]

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Increase to childcare subsidy could be scrapped if crèches hike prices – Zappone warns

Increase to childcare subsidy could be scrapped if crèches hike prices – Zappone warns

The proposed boost to the childcare subsidy will be scrapped if crèches increase prices a planned, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has warned.

The Minister wants to increase the Early Years supports budget by up to €150 million but Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has warned […]

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Group airs concerns for future of childcare for hundreds of Cork kids

Group airs concerns for future of childcare for hundreds of Cork kids

IF one assumes that we are all born equal, then each of us starts from the same position in life.

However, each of us is born into varying social and economic circumstances. What about the concept of equity, whose goal is to create conditions that allow […]

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Zappone defends childcare scheme after criticism

‘It was never going to be easy': Zappone defends childcare scheme after criticism

The new scheme is being rolled out for the first time this year.

INDEPENDENT TD MATTIE McGrath has called on Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to fix what he has described as “significant blocks” hampering parents from taking advantage of the Affordable Child Care scheme.

McGrath has claimed that he […]

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Teething problems hampering Zappone’s childcare scheme

The failure of so many childcare providers to sign up for the new scheme underlines how much work remains to be done, writes Elaine Loughlin for The Irish Examiner

Overhauling one of the most expensive childcare systems in the world was never going to be child’s play.

It comes as no surprise then, that efforts to introduce an affordable childcare scheme have been […]

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Just 60% of childcare facilities signed up to affordable care scheme

The high level of bureaucracy is being blamed

Childcare providers say they’re not signing up to the affordable care scheme because of the bureaucracy involved.

Just 60 percent of facilities have signed up to date, with thousands of parents set to miss out on payments as a result.

Creches say they haven’t seen the contracts yet and the IT system needed for the […]

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Affordable childcare: who is eligible and how much do they get?

Parents of under-threes to get €20 a week with payment set to start on Friday but estimated 9,000 parents will be left without state subsidy

For many parents it may be a misnomer, but the Govenment’s new affordable childcare strategy, a pillar of last October’s budget, is finally stepping into gear.

The scheme, which starts to pay out […]

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Pledge to ease crippling childcare costs within 10 years

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has outlined measures aimed at tackling the crippling cost of childcare facing tens of thousands of families.

Writing exclusively in the Irish Independent today, Mr Varadkar has spelled out Government plans to provide greater parental leave, increase home care supports and invest in after school care.

“I don’t have children, my sisters do, though, and so too […]

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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 in advance of […]

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€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 multimillion-euro plan to be announced […]

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