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Darragh Doherty Office of the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs (OMCYA), Ireland. Funding Childcare in Ireland. Country Profile. Ireland Population : 4.23m (April 2006) Land Area : 68,890 sq km EU Member State N umber of children birth to six: 418,612 (10 % of population).

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darragh doherty office of the minister for children youth affairs omcya ireland
Darragh Doherty

Office of the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs (OMCYA), Ireland

Funding Childcare in Ireland
country profile
Country Profile


Population:4.23m (April 2006)

Land Area: 68,890 sq km

EU Member State

Number of children birth to six:418,612 (10 % of population)

irish economy 1994 2007 the celtic tiger
Irish Economy 1994-2007 “The Celtic Tiger”

Economic growth – averaged 7% p.a. between 1997 and 2005

Unemployment: 13.2% in 1990

4.3% in 2006

12.5% in 2009

Female labour force participation rate: 1985: 30%

2006: 59%

2009: 54%

Net Immigration

impact on govt policy
Impact on Govt Policy

Debt/GDP ratio declined from 65% in 1997 to 28% in 2005.

2004-2007 Government spending increased by 7% p.a.

Taxation rates reduced (CGT 20%, CT 12.5%, Income Tax 20% & 41%)

The main political party returned in 3 successive elections (1997, 2002 & 2007)

childcare funding
Childcare Funding

Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme (EOCP)

EU co-funded 2000-2007

€525m over 7 years

50% capital

34% staffing

16% quality/supports

Created and/or supported 40,000 childcare places

Suceeded by National Childcare Investment Programme 2006-2010 (NCIP)

eocp staffing scheme
EOCP Staffing Scheme

Start-up grant for not-for profit services

Generally linked to EOCP Capital

Initially 3-year

Extended for disadvantaged services in late 2004-2007

€37 million in 2007

2005 announcement of omc ecs
2005 Announcement of OMC & ECS

2 bye-elections in 2005

Childcare costs

Early Childcare Supplement (ECS)

Office of the Minister for Children (OMC)

  • Founded in 2006 as OMC
  • (Youth Affairs joined 2007)
  • Childcare, Childrens Services, Youth Justice, Youth Participation, Early Education, Youth work
  • Childcare Directorate




Response to political pressures

Universal Family Benefit

Children under 6

€1,000 p.a. (rose to €1,100)

All parents (MWAHs)

Exportable under EU Regulations

pros cons of ecs
Pros & Cons of ECS


Supported families with high childcare costs, who also had high housing costs

Supported all families regardless of childcare choices

Preferred approach of the Finance Ministry


Didn't support ECEC sector

Could be spent on non-childcare expenses

Unlikely to improve access to pre-school among disadvantaged children

Wouldn't facilitate improvement of standards in ECEC sector

Was not the preferred approach of the Childcare Directorate

community childcare subvention scheme 2008 2010 ccss
Community Childcare Subvention Scheme 2008-2010 (CCSS)

Announced 2007

VFM Review of EOCP

Replaced EOCP Staffing Grant

Focus on disadvantage had been 'uneven'

Increased funding by 50%

“Targeted Universalism”

irish economy 2008 2010 post celtic tiger
Irish Economy 2008-2010(post Celtic Tiger...)

Massive downturn in Economic activity

Tax Revenues back to 2005 levels

ECS targeted in 2008

- rate restored to €1,000 p.a.

- eligibility reduced to 5 years

- administrative savings

- widely expected to be abolished in 2009

ecs to ecce

April 2009 Budget

ECCE plan presented to Minister for Children

Finance Minister's Advisor

Minister to Minister

Finance & Education officials

Surprise announcement of Budget

appeal of the scheme
Appeal of the Scheme

Supports children who would not otherwise attend pre-school

Supports the costs of families who would have used pre-school

Safeguarded childcare services under severe strain

Maintain employment in childcare sector, retaining trained/experienced staff

Allows higher standards to be required of participating services

Better long-term outcomes for all children

appeal of scheme to finance
Appeal of Scheme to Finance


More targeted

Seen as intelligent use of limited resources

Safeguarded capital investment

Maintain employment in childcare sector, and lessened likely increases in welfare costs

Support for parents

Benefits all families as an educational measure

POPULAR – “No brainer”

january 2010
January 2010

Scheme in operation

80% participation by qualified children (further 5% in CCSS)

85% (3,800) of pre-schools and crèches participating (a further 500 applying from September)

Top-up fees not allowed in pre-schools, scheme is available free to all children

2010 2012

Scheme to be consolidated

Transitional measures

Improving qualifications of staff

Improving access for Children with Special Needs

2012 onwards - ?

cets scheme
CETS scheme

Sanctioned earlier this month

Childcare support for students/trainees in vocational training and education courses

Replaces system of 3 different subsidies with one capitation (i.e. A free place for parent)

€20m in 2011 (additional cost is €7m – using funds which previously paid for CCSS 2008-2010 transitional measures)

To be in place from 30 August 2010

critical success factors
Critical Success Factors

Linking policy with credible implementation plan

Demonstrate proposal meets needs that general public understand and support

Identify where the money will come from (and why)

Think about how scheme can develop

Know what you'll compromise on, and what you can't

Understanding Key Deliverables for Finance Ministry

Value for Money

Show immediate ‘return’ to Exchequer if possible

Move quickly!