Childcare will reopen at the end of this month, but services won't be the same.
Thousands of workers are already returning to their jobs and restrictions on the over-70s mean grandparents are unlikely to be able to help out.
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said on RTÉ that workers will probably need to continue what they have been doing for the last couple of months, which is "improvising".
"That's what people have been doing and it's not a great answer, but childcare facilities are reopening on the 29th [of June]," she said.
Here's what we do and don't know about the plan for reopening childcare.
There is no guarantee of places for children when crèches and childminders reopen for business on June 29.
Essential and frontline workers will get first call on the places that are available.
Katherine Zappone's Department of Children has encouraged services to give priority after them to the children of childcare practitioners, vulnerable children and those with disabilities, as well as the children of parents who need access to childcare to return to work.
The Department is currently trying to gauge the number of places that will be available.
A survey of 4,500 providers on their reopening plans ends today.
A total of 27pc of parents were availing of centre-based care before restrictions. But a recent department survey indicated that just 13pc of parents intend to return their children when restrictions are first lifted.
It is difficult to get a straight answer on the question of whether grandparents over 70 should look after children at this point.
There is no specific guidance in the reopening roadmap.
However, restrictions on this age group who are required to cocoon would make childcare very difficult.
They are supposed to stay at home as much as possible, can only have a small number of visitors, and should wear a face covering when they meet anyone indoors.
They must also maintain two metres of social distancing.
Secondary school children can go to outdoor summer camps and there are a number of rules. There is no mention of primary school children in the guidelines.
The camp can involve groups of no more than 12 children, and there must be at least three supervisors to ensure health guidance is followed.
Children must practise social distancing, must not share equipment, must wash their hands regularly and properly, and practise good hygiene when sneezing or coughing.
Schools may reopen on a part-time basis in September and guidelines are expected on Friday.
This could mean children attend half-days or on a day on/day off, or week on/week off basis, and groups may be kept apart once in school.
It is unclear yet what social distancing rules will be rolled out, although there are indications that it may be a one-metre rule.
Classrooms will have to be reconfigured, while cleaning and hygiene will be ramped up.
Teachers and special needs assistants may have to use masks in some situations.
Childminders will also be able to resume looking after children in their homes from June 29, while complying with public health guidelines.
The department estimates that 15,000 childminders work in the childminder's home. In addition, several thousand childminders or nannies work in children's homes.