New childcare funding announcements
€6.25million in funding is being given to childcare providers this summer.
The funding will contribute towards the creation of new places for 0 to three- year- olds, new school age childcare places, and essential fire safety improvements for community-owned services.
The approved Early Learning and School Age Capital funding for 2019 will be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other childcare facilities across three strands.
Strand A offers new places for 0 to three -year- olds with a total of €37million approved. 87 applications have been approved for funding. 1,321 new 0 to three are places to be created, 205 to one places and 1,116 places for one to three-year-olds.
A total of €0.3million has been approved for fire improvements, available for community childcare facilities.
€2.2million has been approved for school age children, with 118 applications approved for funding. 2,308 new school age places to be created.
Announcing the new funding, Minister Katherine Zappone said: “Quality accessible affordable childcare requires investment. The funding being announced today will translate into over 3,600 new and extra spaces for children up to the age of 15. It is another step as we seek to address the decades of under-investment and neglect by successive governments. Overall Government investment in early learning and care has jumped 117% since 2015.”