On 24 March 2020, the Irish Government announced that they will be introducing a number of measures to support the childcare sector in response to COVID-19. The Government intend to re-purpose funds that were already allocated to the childcare sector to support these measures.
The measures announced include:
These are emergency measures that will apply for a period of up to 12 weeks.
The implementation of these measures will require childcare providers to sign a new COVID-19 Emergency Agreement which includes them agreeing to the following conditions:
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs will roll out these measures as quickly as possible.