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Affordable Childcare Scheme

Tue, 29 August 2017

Affordable Childcare Scheme

The new affordable childcare scheme comes into effect this Friday the 1st of September and aims to ease the ever growing burden of childcare costs in Ireland.

But with forty per cent of the country's childcare providers having yet to sign up - is it causing more hassle than good?

Teresa Heeney from Early Childhood Ireland joined us this morning to help us get a better understanding of the new scheme. 

The scheme, which starts to pay out on September 1st, and every two weeks thereafter, promised much more than it is set to deliver- at least as of yet - as a key element of the strategy, means-tested payments, have yet to come into play.

There are two elements to the scheme; a "universal" subsidy of up to € 80 a month (€ 1,040 a year) which every parent of a child aged between six and 36 months (up until the ECCE kicks in) will be entitled to, and a means-tested payment.

Watch Teresa Heeney's interview below:

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