Accessible affordable quality childcare is a step closer for many families in Tallaght who cannot afford present services, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister Katherine Zappone.
The Children’s Minister will today announce details of a €1000 a year subsidy to pay child care costs for those who cannot afford it.
On Tuesday the Minister bought the legal proposals to Government which will give the go-ahead for a radical new approach to childcare.
Meanwhile she has also confirmed that the number of three and four-year olds accessing existing services has passed 100,000 for the first time ever.
Minister Katherine Zappone said:
“For too many families in Tallaght and surrounding communities childcare is too expensive, this is unfair and wrong.
“As Minister I am progressing ambitious plans outlined in Budget 2017 to lift those barriers by bringing in a scheme which is fair and equal.
“This year I have secured an extra 35% in funding for early years services.
“Two things will happen. First every child under three will get a subsidy up to €80 per month towards costs.
“Secondly we will bring in supports for children aged 6-months to 15-years based on household income – this will make childcare an option for all.
“Communities like those in Tallaght stand to benefit the most from the measures I am planning.
The Minister strongly believes the increased availability of childcare services will make the country a more equal society. She said:
“Meanwhile I am delighted to confirm that following the extension of existing services which I launched in Tallaght last September – there are now over 100,000 three and four years old availing of free childcare.
“The coming year will be a game changer . Our aim is to open up training, education and work options for parents currently forced to stay at home by childcare costs.
“I am delighted to confirm that our journey towards that goal has begun. By changing childcare we are making Tallaght and Ireland a more equal place. A fairer place.
“A place of choice and opportunity.”