Supports are now available to make childcare more affordable for your family.
The families of more than 75,000 children are currently receiving supports, including universal supports of up to €1,040 for children under 3 and up to €145 per week for children aged up to 15 in families that need it most.

Visit this website to find out what supports may be available to you and your family.

The following is a message from Minister Katherine Zappone

The changes introduced in September 2017 are now benefiting the families of more than 70,000 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.