Beginning your search

Step 1: Consider your Early Learning and Care or School-Age Childcare service requirements. The type of the service you choose will depend upon:

  • your child's needs and your family needs
  • the type of service you prefer
  • the options available in your community

Step 2: Contact your local City/County Childcare Committee who will provide you with a directory of services within your area.

Step 3: How much childcare do you require? Knowing your childcare needs will help you to narrow down your options. See page 4 for the different types of care options.

Step 4: There are various financial supports available for parents and families through the current Childcare Funding programmes. Find out which financial support you are eligible for through contacting your local Childcare Committee.

Step 5: Once you have created a shortlist of Early Learning and Care services in your area that may meet your childcare needs, you can contact them directly to enquire further and arrange an appointment to visit the service.*

Contacting a Service Provider

Making an informed decision

Researching various services allows you to make informed decisions when choosing an Early Learning and Childcare service. The Early Learning and Care sector is regulated under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years' Services) Regulations 2016. School-Age Childcare services are regulated by the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Registration of School-Age Services) Regulations 2018. A list of registered services is available from Tusla, Child and Family Agency.