The State has essentially agreed to pay all wages of crèche workers for the next three months as part of a new government scheme.
The move will see the Department of Children and Youth Affairs reimburse childcare providers with a further 30 per cent, in addition to the 70 per cent level of pay up to €410, announced earlier today.
Mick Kenny, manager of the Johnstown and Urlingford Community Childcare Centres in Kilkenny said it was a welcomed move.
“This is a positive step and great to see the government stepping up to support childcare centres and families.
“It would be fantastic to see a similar scheme in the future after this crisis, where the government funds childcare as an essential public service to lessen the financial cost of childcare to families,” he said.