Childcare Support Act 2018


Number 11 of 2018



1. Interpretation

2. Establishment of Scheme

3. Scheme administrator

4. Functions of scheme administrator

5. Governance

6. Agreements relating to performance of certain functions

7. Persons eligible to apply for financial support

8. Approved childcare services provider

9. Application for financial support

10. Information to be given by employers and education and training providers to scheme administrator

11. Assessment of income

12. Determination of application for financial support

13. Calculation of amount of financial support

14. Provision for vulnerable children

15. Payment of financial support

16. Change of circumstances

17. Reviews

18. Authorised officers

19. Powers of authorised officers

20. Appeals

21. Recovery of payment of financial support

22. Amendment of Act of 1991

23. Amendment of section 265 of Act of 2005

24. Processing of personal data

25. Regulations

26. Review of Scheme

27. Transitional provision

28. Expenses

29. Offences

30. Short title and commencement


Assessment of Income


Agreements with Certain Statutory Bodies


Processing of Personal Data

Acts Referred to

Child Care Act 1991 (No. 17)

Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 (No. 32)

Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (No. 24)

Companies Acts

Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003

Education Act 1998 (No. 51)

Housing Act 1988 (No. 28)

International Protection Act 2015 (No. 66)

Local Government Act 2001 (No. 37)

Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 (No. 26)

Student Support Act 2011 (No. 4)


Number 11 of 2018


An Act to provide for the establishment of a scheme to be known as the Affordable Childcare Scheme under which financial support may be made available to persons in respect of childcare out of resources allocated to the Minister for the purposes of the Scheme and to provide for related matters.

[2nd July, 2018]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows: