Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs
Update on Affordable Childcare
Opening remarks by Dr Katherine Zappone TD Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
12th July 2017
"I am very pleased to meet with the Committee this morning to provide an update on the measures, which are being put in place to make childcare more affordable for families from September and to outline the progress that has been made since we last met on 8 February in developing the Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS).
In particular, I would like to update you on some of the issues raised by the Committee in Pre-Legislative Scrutiny.
Update on measures to make childcare more affordable
On 11 April, I announced a range of measures, which will make childcare more affordable for families from September.
Deputies will be aware that these measures include:
§ universal subsidies, of up to €1,040 per annum per child, which will be available for all children aged between 6 and 36 months; and
§ targeted subsidies, of up to €7,500 per annum per child, which will be delivered to those families who need it most.
It is these targeted subsidies that will open up jobs, training and education for parents who want to lift their families out of poverty. As a result of these measures, up to 70,000 children will benefit from extra childcare support this September – this will be an important moment.
This is the first big practical step to changing one of the most expensive childcare systems in the world into one of the best.
By addressing the affordability issue we will ease the burden on many parents for whom childcare costs have become a second rent or mortgage."
The Minister up-dated the Joint Oireachtas Committee on areas such as Legislation, ICT approval process, Launch planning, timelines and other preparatory work.
To read the Ministers full remarks please click HERE