From September 2017, parents of 70,000 children all over Ireland will qualify for enhanced childcare supports. The Department of Children & Youth Affairs have developed a new website so provide information to parents and childcare providers on the new Affordable Childcare Scheme www.affordablechildcare.ie.
Kerry County Childcare Committee are encouraging parents to look at this website so that you are aware of your childcare support entitlements.
These childcare supports include:
- A new non-means tested universal subsidy of up to €80 per month for all children aged between six months and three years in full-time registered childcare.
- 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.