New More Affordable Childcare for Parents

From Septemer, children between the ages of 6 months and 36 months in Tusla-registered childcare will qualify for childcare supports, with further childcare supports for many more children under 15 years old.

As every parent knows, the cost of childcare is generally higher when children are under 3 years old – because more hours of care are needed and it is more expensive to provide quality childcare for very young children.

So, to help families meet that cost, the Government is introducing new childcare supports for children between the ages of 6 months and 36 months (or until the child qualifies for the free pre-school programme if that is later).

In addition, new increased childcae supports will be available to families on lower incomes who have children under 15 years old in Tusla-registered childcare.


These childcare supports are available to everyone, in every region of the country.

They apply to children in Tusla-registered childcare onlu (including creches, preschools, day-care centred and registered child-minders).

There will be no minimum number of hours and no maximun number of weeks of childcare per year.

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