Single Affordable Childcare Scheme

Single Affordable Childcare Scheme from September 2017

On Tuesday 11th October 2017 it was announced that an additional €19m has been agreed in Budget 2017 to enable the introduction of a new Single Affordable Childcare Scheme from September 2017.  This will replace the existing childcare subsidisation schemes (excluding the ECCE programme) from September 2017 with a single, streamlined scheme which is more user-friendly for both parents and providers.  The new scheme will make childcare more affordable, and will enable both universal and targeted subsidies for parents towards their childcare costs.

Parents will qualify for a targeted subsidy based on their net income. Subsidies will be available for children aged from 6 months up to 15 years and will meet families’ full-time childcare needs, including outside of school hours and during school holiday time.

The highest levels of subsidy will be provided to those on the lowest incomes, approx. €8,000 a year based on the maximum of 40-hours childcare a week. This will help families to overcome disadvantage and contribute to a reduction in child poverty.

A universal measure will also be available for parents of children aged from 6 months to 3 years. From September 2017 a universal subsidy of up to €80 per month will be provided towards childcare costs . This equates to over €900 per annum for parents working full time and will be paid pro-rata. This will be payable to childcare services registered with Tusla (this includes a small number of child-minders).



More details to follow…