Childcare will be provided in the homes of 5,000 healthcare workers from May 18th.
The bulk of the cost will be paid by the state but families will be asked to pay 90 euro a week towards the care.
It's been recommended that childcare workers volunteering for the scheme be paid 15 euro an hour.
Children's Minister Katherine Zappone says they will be inviting applications from childcare providers from tomorrow:
"This will provide essential healthcare workers with 45 hours of childcare a week.
We are recommending the childcare workers volunteering for the scheme are paid on average €15 per hour."