Senator Mary Moran has today welcomed the announcement that the after-school childcare (ASCC) programme and the community employment childcare (CEC) are to be expanded and improved, thereby increasing access for low income families to childcare.
“From Monday 14th July the after-school programme will be available to recipients of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Jobseeker’s Benefit and One-Parent Family payments who participate in a Department of Social Protection employment programme and the CE scheme is expanding to provide subsidised childcare places for CE participants with primary school children aged up to 13 years of age.
“The cost of childcare and after school care has been a serious issue for parents of young children who want to take up employment or participate in back to work schemes so I am particularly pleased that the Departments of Social Protection and Children and Youth Affaires have collaborated on the provision of these changes. Supporting parents to return to employment is a fundamental element of this Government’s vision. Providing affordable and high-quality childcare is what parents urgently need.