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Affordable Childcare

childcare funding support

To help families in Ireland with the cost of childcare there are a number of childcare funding supports available to a parent / guardian if they fall into at least one of the following categories;  
  1. A medical card or GP visit card holder;
  2. Are on a low income;
  3. In school or further education;
  4. In job training;
  5. In receipt of a social welfare payment,
The level of financial support will vary depending on different categories.
These are detailed below;  

Band A 
(with medical card unless otherwise stated)
  • One Parent Family Payment
  • Widows/Widowers Pension
  • Farm Assist
  • State Pension
  • Blind Pension
  • Guardian’s Payment
  • Illness/Injury Benefit
  • Disability Allowance
  • Carer’s Benefit/Allowance
  • Back to Work Enterprise/Education Allowance
  • Community Employment/Rural Social Scheme
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance
  • Family Income Supplement (FIS)
  • Secondary Students
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Disablement Pension
  • Official Tusla Referrals (no medical card required)
  • HSE Public Health Nurse referrals (no medical card required)
  • TÚS
  • Part-time Job Incentive Scheme
  • Gateway


Band A - with medical card unless otherwise stated.  
  • One Parent Family Payment
  • Widows/Widowers Pension
  • Farm Assist
  • State Pension
  • Blind Pension
  • Guardian’s Payment
  • Illness/Injury Benefit
  • Disability Allowance
  • Carer’s Benefit/Allowance
  • Back to Work Enterprise/Education Allowance
  • Community Employment/Rural Social Scheme
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance
  • Family Income Supplement (FIS)
  • Secondary Students
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Disablement Pension
  • Official Tusla Referrals (no medical card required)
  • HSE Public Health Nurse referrals (no medical card required)
  • TÚS
  • Part-time Job Incentive Scheme
  • Gateway

Band AJ - with medical card  
  • Job Seeker’s Benefit/Allowance
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance

Band B
  • Medical Card
  • Parents who are in receipt of Social Welfare payments listed under Band A/AJ but have no medical card
Band D
  • GP Visit Card (over 6yrs+only)
  • Parents who no longer qualify for Band A/AJ this year but who were verified as being on Band A/AJ at the end of the previous school year.

The level of funding available depending on the eligible band and the hours of care required.