Plans for a 'Working Family Payment' are on course to be in the next Budget - meaning low-income parents get a top-up on their wages.
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar will today inform ministers of a five-week public consultation on the scheme.
The proposal was first floated by Fine Gael during last year's General Election campaign when the party promised to ensure working parents earned at least €11.75 an hour.
The current minimum wage is €9.25.
The Irish Independent understands Mr Varadkar will now bring a memorandum for information to Cabinet to start the next phase of preparations.
"He wants the work to be done in time for the Budget 2018 negotiations," a source said.
Meanwhile, Children's Minister Katherine Zappone is expected to bring further details of her childcare subsidy scheme to Cabinet today for approval.