Minister urges parent to register children for ‘free’ childcare

Parents of eligible children and service providers in Donegal are being urged to register for the government new free preschool year programme if they haven't already done so.

The scheme replaces the early childcare supplement which saw parents paid one thousand euro directly - it was scrapped in the last budget.

Children born between the 2nd of February 2005 and the 30th of June 2006 qualify for the new scheme.

Children's Minister Barry Andrews says with the deadline for applications extended it is not to late to sign up: [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/barr.mp3[/podcast]

You can get more information about the programme and its availability in your area HERE