– Minister O’Gorman today unveiled an investment package worth €1.1bn for early learning and childcare for 2024, building on the substantial investment in Budget 2023 and delivering a 70% increase in total State investment in the sector since 2020.
– Families receiving the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) universal subsidy will see a further 25% average reduction in the cost of using full time early learning and childcare services. Also from September 2024, families using childminders can start to benefit from the NCS for the first time.
– Significant investment of over €1bn has been secured for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Foster Carers will receive an increase in the Foster Care Allowance-
– Minister Rabbitte has secured an investment of €195m in Specialist Community Based Disability Services, which transferred to the Department in March, bringing the total budget to €2.8bn. This includes increased funding to enhance residential places, respite services, PA hours, Home Support and provide additional day places for school leavers.