Public Information Campaign Launch Affordable Childcare Scheme

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Public Information Campaign Launch Affordable Childcare Scheme

The  Minister  for  Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., today  launched  a public information campaign about the Government’s plans to  deliver  More  Affordable  Childcare  to families from September.  This campaign will target thousands of families who will qualify for enhanced childcare supports from September. It also will also target more than 4,000 childcare providers throughout the country.

The information campaign will use a range of media, including a dedicated website (affordablechildcare.ie)  to raise awareness among families of the childcare  support  that may be available to them. Commenting on the launch of the information campaign, Minister Zappone said:

“For  decades,  several  Governments  of  all  political  persuasions  have struggled  to  come  up  with  an  equitable  way  to  make  childcare more affordable. After many false dawns we are now finally on the road to taking those first steps  towards  easing  the  burden  of  childcare  costs  on  hard pressed families.  My  objective  in tackling this issue head on is to ensure that access  to  affordable  childcare  is  not a barrier to anyone who wants to participate in education, training or the labour market.

This, I believe, will not only help parents who wish to return to work, but it will ultimately have a positive impact on upskilling thousands of people while simultaneously reducing child poverty in Ireland.

This information campaign has been created to help families’ access new and more affordable childcare packages”. The childcare supports available have been boosted significantly by €19m in additional investment bringing the total annual investment in childcare to €466.5 million. The childcare supports, which are expected to benefit up to 70,000 children and their families, include:

A new non-means tested universal subsidy of up to €80 per month for all children aged between 6 months and three years in full time registered childcare; and increases of up to 50% in targeted childcare subsidies for children up to age 15. These subsidies, which will subsidise the cost of full-time registered childcare for families by up to €145 per week will be provided through existing schemes, the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) and Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Schemes.

“I am  confident  that  these  enhanced  childcare  supports  will have a meaningful  impact  for  recipient families, particularly for those on very low incomes” the Minister said.

“I  am also aware that delivering these enhanced childcare supports is only possible  because  of  the  commitment  and co-operation of more than 4,000 childcare  providers  throughout  the  country. I want to acknowledge their continuing support and, in recognition of their invaluable contribution, I will be asking for extra funding during Budget 2018 negotiations so we can address some of the issues raised by childcare providers”.

For futher information see https://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=4226