Please find (link below) a short briefing on how support for childcare is being addressed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is also available to access here.

There has now been confirmation that £10.5 million in financial support has been allocated for the childcare sector to assist in re-opening and recovery across July and August. Details of how and when applications can be made, and how funds will be allocated, are being finalised. We will issue further information on this when available.

Access to childcare, and support for the sector, remains a critical issue for parents, providers and employers. More childcare settings are now re-opening, and funds have been allocated to support the re-opening and recovery of the sector in July and August. If you are a parent who requires access to childcare you can keep up to date with developments on the Family Support NI website and by reading this briefing.

Geraldine Alexander
Assistant Secretary