A Message from Minister Katherine Zappone

This website provides information on the first big step towards childcare that is:

  • accessible,
  • affordable and
  • high quality.

The changes introduced in September 2017 are now benefiting the families of more than 80,000 children by helping to make more affordable childcare more accessible.

Supports are being provided in two ways.

Firstly there is a universal support for all children aged between 6-months up to the start of the ECCE (free pre-school programme). This is not means tested.

Secondly we are providing enhanced supports for families who need it most. This can be as much as €7,500 per child per year for children up to 15 years of age.

I hope you find the information provided useful and easy to follow.

Approximately nine in every ten applicable childcare services have signed up to deliver more affordable childcare for families in Ireland. An up to date list of participating services is available on the parent section of this website.

The website will be updated regularly, so please do check back in.


Dr Katherine Zappone,
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.