New childcare scheme delays due to IT 'snag'
Parents hoping to sign up to the new National Childcare Scheme (NCS) will face a delay due to an IT "snag".
The payment of existing universal and targeted subsidies for créches will continue to be paid.
However, there is a potential delay for the families of 7,000 children being included in the more generous means-tested scheme.
Children's Minister Katherine Zappone said that the target launch date for the scheme of October 29 will be delayed as a consequence of a "minor snag" that has been detected during the pilot phase of the NCS.
She said the "current advice is that payments should still flow in November, which is as we targeted".
An increase to the threshold of a gross family income of €100,000 for the means-tested subsidies is due to kick-in when the NCS goes live.
The families of an additional 7,000 children will either receive subsidies for the first time, or receive increased subsidies.