Affordable Childcare Scheme for Ireland Online Consultation Process Open Now

By November 4, 2016 November 23rd, 2016 No Comments

New Affordable Childcare Scheme and online consultation launched by Minister Katherine Zappone. Be part of the discussion, online survey launched today, access here

Minister Zappone  published a policy paper on the
new Affordable Childcare Scheme for Ireland and launched an online
consultation process on the scheme.

The scheme, which was announced as part of Budget 2017, aims to make
childcare more affordable and accessible for families, by providing
universal subsidies for all children under 3 and targeted subsidies, based
on net parental income, for children up to 15 years. The policy paper provides detail on the scheme and can be accessed at Policy Paper Affordable Childcare Scheme

Minister Zappone invites everyone- parents, other family members, childcare providers, childminders and anyone interested in the issues- to share their views on the detail of the policy by Friday 25th November 2016.

The online survey can be accessed at If you would like a paper copy posted to you, please call 01 6473000.The Minister is launching a consultation on the detail of the new scheme.

This feedback will then be used to refine specific design features of the new scheme to be introduced in September 2017, as well as
informing future policy development.

The consultation builds on a previous consultation held in April/ May 2015
on priorities for Government investment in childcare. This earlier
consultation informed the 2015 Report of the Inter-Departmental Working
Group: Future Investment in Childcare in Ireland and also the Policy Paper
on the Affordable Childcare Scheme being published today.