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Draft Childminding Action Plan

The Draft Childminding Action Plan sets out proposals for improving access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding. Public consultation in the form of focus groups of childminders will take place over the coming weeks.

Limerick Childcare Committee invites childminders to a consultation meeting in the Southcourt Hotel, Raheen […]

October 18th, 2019|Categories: News|

Minister Zappone announces a €94 million budget package

Press release from Department of Children and Youth Affairs following Budget 2020

October 9th, 2019|Categories: News|

National Childcare Scheme (NCS)

The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) will open for applications on 20th November 2019. To find out more about NCS, please visit

September 30th, 2019|Categories: News|

DCYA Early Years Bulletin September 2019

The September bulletin from the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs can be downloaded here  DCYA Early Years Bulletin September 2019

September 27th, 2019|Categories: News|

National Childcare Scheme

On the 11th March, 2019, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, announced the launch of the National Childcare Scheme along with its new website See full Press Release here.

March 14th, 2019|Categories: News|

Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital 2019

Details of the 2019 Capital Grants for Early Years and School Age Childcare Services are available here.

February 4th, 2019|Categories: News|

Limerick Parenting Calendar Jan-Jun 2019

The Limerick Parenting Calendar, January to June 2019 has been collated through submissions from Parenting Limerick partners and other stakeholders. All programmes listed fulfil the function of supporting parents in their role as a parent.  It is available to download here.

The purpose of collating the Limerick Parenting Calendar is to have a schedule of parenting […]

January 29th, 2019|Categories: News|

Access & Inclusion Model (AIM) for children with disabilities

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to promote inclusion and to ensure that children with disabilities can meaningfully participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) free pre-school programme in mainstream pre-school settings.  AIM is a child-centred model, offering a range of universal and targeted supports. It offers […]

January 10th, 2019|Categories: News|

Registration of School Age Childcare Services

On the 27th December, Minister Zappone signed the Childcare Support Act 2018 (Commencement) Order 2018 and the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Registration of School Age Services) Regulations 2018, enabling school age childcare services to register with Tusla. Once registered, school age childcare services will be able to participate in the forthcoming Affordable […]

January 9th, 2019|Categories: News|

Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018 Launched

Minister Zappone has launched the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017-2018, developed and published by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). The comprehensive findings are based on the largest ever survey of the early years sector, with responses from a total of 3,928 childcare services (88% of childcare facilities) providing significant […]

December 5th, 2018|Categories: News|

Search for Childcare

Use this facility to search for a Childcare Service or Childminder in your area. You can also check which types of childcare are provided and if a service offers one or more of the government childcare schemes.

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ECCE Calculator

Use the ECCE Calculator to check if your child qualifies for the Free-School Year. All you need to do is enter your child’s date of birth and the calculator will tell you when your child will be eligible.

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