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Rural Childcare providers signing up for the Government's new subsidy scheme at a considerably faster rate than in urban centres

Childcare providers in rural areas are signing up for the Government's new subsidy scheme at a considerably faster rate than in urban centres.

From September the Department of Children will begin paying a universal childcare support worth to up €1,040 per year for children aged between six months and three years.

Of the 4,500 childcare services in the country, more than half have begun the process of engaging with the scheme.

According to today’s Irish Independent, sign-up is highest in Roscommon, Donegal, Sligo, Kerry, Galway, Carlow and Leitrim, where an average of 75pc of providers have engaged. In Dublin, Cork and Limerick, the figures are as much as 10pc lower.

It comes as Children's Minister Katherine Zappone prepares to release figures showing the number of children supported by targeted childcare schemes aimed at the less well-off has reached unprecedented levels.

Around 70,000 families will begin receiving a universal payment from September, but the full roll out of the Affordable Childcare Scheme has been hit by IT problems. 

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