USE­FUL RE­SOURCES

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This web­site, which is run by the Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Youth Af­fairs, of­fers in­for­ma­tion on the var­i­ous child­care sub­si­dies avail­able, in­clud­ing the uni­ver­sal sub­sidy and the sub­si­dies paid un­der the Com­mu­nity Child­care Sub­ven­tion (CCS), Com­mu­nity Child­care Sub­ven­tion Pri­vate (CCSP), and the Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment Child­care (TEC) schemes. There is also a use­ful FAQ here for par­ents, where you can get a list of the child­care providers that have signed up to the sub­sides — and a list of the providers reg­is­tered with Tusla. The ‘Need to Speak to Some­one’ link will bring you into a list of con­tact de­tails for the city and county child­care com­mit­tees that you can call for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the sub­si­dies. This web­site, which is run by the Health Ser­vice Ex­ec­u­tive, has in­for­ma­tion on the med­i­cal card and the GP Visit card. You may qual­ify for the means-tested child­care sub­si­dies avail­able un­der the CCS, CCSP and TEC schemes if you are a par­ent or guardian with a GP visit card (apart from the un­der-6 Gp-visit cards) or a med­i­cal card. You can check your el­i­gi­bil­ity for — and ap­ply on­line for — a med­i­cal card or Gp-visit card on this web­site. This is the web­site of the Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Youth Af­fairs. Here you can find out about a range of na­tional is­sues and govern­ment poli­cies af­fect­ing chil­dren and young peo­ple. You can also down­load a num­ber of re­ports, in­clud­ing the ‘State of the Na­tion’s Chil­dren’s Re­port’, which gives an over­view of the lives of chil­dren. This is the web­site of Early Child­hood Ire­land, which is a lobby group for child­care providers. Par­ents can search for a creche in their area in the web­site’s ‘Child­care Search’ sec­tion. This is the web­site of Child­mind­ing Ire­land, which rep­re­sents child­min­ders. It has a sec­tion that of­fers ad­vice on how to choose a child­min­der — and there is also a directory that al­lows par­ents to search for a child­min­der in their area. Its ‘news’ sec­tion is worth check­ing for any up­dates on moves be­ing made to get more child­min­ders cov­ered by the More Af­ford­able Child­care scheme. This web­site has in­for­ma­tion on a range of par­ent­ing is­sues, in­clud­ing child­care. Click the ‘Child­care’ tab in the ‘My Fam­ily’ sec­tion for ad­vice on child­care costs and choos­ing child­care.

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