Minister Zappone announces plans to provide childcare for essential health workers

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced new emergency measures to support essential health workers who are having difficulty meeting their childcare needs. This forms part of Phase 1 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.

Further information regarding the Temporary Childcare Scheme for Essential Health Workers is available on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website here

Pobal will assist DCYA with the administration of the new initiative. Information for Early Learning and School Age Care Providers is currently available through the standard communications channels – the PIP Portal, the Early Years Hive and DCYA website.

A dedicated Parent Support Centre will be available to parents and guardians from Monday, 11th May. A specific phone number for queries and to register for the Temporary Childcare Scheme for Essential Health Workers will open on this date.

Pobal has received a high volume of queries regarding the Temporary Childcare Scheme for Essential Health Workers. We ask that eligible health workers please contact the Parent Support Centre to request the service and to indicate their childcare needs and preferences from Monday 11th May onwards.

It is planned that childcare provision under this initiative can become available from Monday, 18th May 2020.

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