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Minister Joan Burton launches new childcare pilot scheme

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 05:35 PM

Minister Joan Burton has announced the first phase of a new childcare scheme project which was announced in the Budget.

 The scheme will be rolled out from the end of April in 7 areas across the country, Finglas, Dundalk, Tralee, King’s Inn Street (Dublin city centre), Cork City, Mullingar and Limerick City. Up to 500 childcare places will be made available to people who have been long-term unemployed, or were former recipients of the One Parent Family Payment and who have got a job offer or who have significantly increased their part-time hours.

Minister Burton said: “The provision of good quality, affordable childcare is one of the most important ways in which we can help people get back to work. I was delighted in the Budget to secure agreement for this scheme. This scheme will assist parents on low incomes to return to work and when fully up and running, will make a crucial difference to thousands of families. It represents a further step in the Government’s long-term commitment to building a first-rate childcare system for all families.”

The scheme will see a Government subsidy of €35 per week and parental contribution of €20 a week; during the school holidays the Government subsidy will increase to €100 per week but the parental contribution will remain at €20 per week.

This initial roll out of the scheme will see 500 places and the second phase will start in July. A total of 6,000 places will be available when the scheme is implemented in full.

You can read the full statement on the scheme in our media centre .

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