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Extra money for parents to offset crèche fees and increased pay for childcare workers on table in government talks

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Parents will get more money to offset crèche fees and the State will play a greater role in providing childcare under plans being discussed by the three parties in government talks.

A new streamlined regulation system for the sector and pay increases for staff linked to improved qualifications are also being discussed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party.