Funding package of €75M for Reopening Early Learning and Childcare Services
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone announced a major funding package to facilitate the reopening of childcare facilities from 29 June. The Minister said:
"Early Learning and Childcare Services are important for children and their parents, and they are essential to reopening the economy. I’m pleased to give details of how we will support the childcare sector to get up and running again."
In developing the funding model the Minister recognises that a reduced number of children are likely to attend Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) services in the initial weeks of reopening. This necessitates a tailored model, which will allow providers to operate with less parental income.
It will also ensure that childcare providers will not have to charge higher fees than they did Pre-Covid-19, even though the costs of providing childcare will increase.
While many of the 4,500 childcare services in the State usually close for July and August, 1,800 services were open in the summer of 2019, and the Minister is hoping that these services can reopen this summer.
The Temporary Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (TWSCS) will continue to operate up to June 28th.