Childcare Support Act 2018

Number 11 of 2018



Updated to 2 January 2023

This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Childcare Support Act 2018. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including the Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Act 2022 (52/2022), enacted 21 December 2022, and all statutory instruments up to and including the Planning And Development And Foreshore (Amendment) Act 2022 (Commencement) Order 2023 (S.I. No. 1 of 2023), made 9 January 2023, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken in the preparation of this Revised Act, the Law Reform Commission can assume no responsibility for and give no guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up to date nature of the information provided and does not accept any liability whatsoever arising from any errors or omissions. Please notify any errors, omissions and comments by email to

Number 11 of 2018



Updated to 2 January 2023


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



Updated to 2 January 2023

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: