If you are a parent or guardian of a young child and you have childcare needs you can use the lists and links below to check out the main services and entitlements for someone in your situation.
Some of the headings in the left hand column of each section link to general documents on the subject, and those in the right hand column link to details of specific payments or services.
You can find more information in the Pre-school education and childcare section of this website.
Choosing the right type of childcare for your situation:
Help with childcare costs:
|For all children of a certain age|
Supports parents on social welfare payments to access work and training
Pre-school educational supports:
Early Start Programme for children in disadvantaged areas.
Visiting teacher service for hearing and visually impaired pre-school children.
Policy on early childhood education.
Help with medical costs
|Family Income Supplement|
Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit, Domiciliary Care Allowance and the Respite Grant are available to the parent’s or guardian’s of children with disabilities that require a greater level of care than another child of the same age.
Sources of information:
and County Childcare Committees
National childcare organisations funded to promote quality in childcare.