€123,324 boost for childcare services

by Gazette Reporter

A NUMBER of childcare services in the Fingal area has received grants totalling more than €123,000, it was announced last week.
The Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, announced that an allocation of €2.75 million in capital grant funding has been allocated to 671 recipients across the country.
Of these grants, which are subject to contract, 35 childcare services in Fingal have been given grants, totalling €123,324.
In Dublin 15, 14 such services were listed to receive grants and this came to a total of €52,147. The grants range from €1,900 to more than €9,000.
Recipients of the grants in Dublin 15 include Barnardos Early Years in Mulhuddart, Tigers After School in Tyrrelstown; Playdays in Luttrellstown, Little People Playgroup in Castleknock and Mother Hubbard’s Childcare, Nephin Road.
Brenda Jordan, manager at Little People Playgroup, said they are delighted to be receiving their grant of €5,312, and said the funds will be used to provide “a richer outdoor area” for the children who attend the playschool.
She said: “It will allow the children to have access to outdoors all year around. This is really important, and it hasn’t been emphasised enough in childcare over the years.
“I have always been interested in having the children outdoors and this will add a new dimension to it. We will have a covered area outdoors, and it means they can experience the weather without being wet and cold,” she said.
The funding is a national programme administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
Commenting on the allocation, Minister Fitzgerald said: “I am pleased for the second year in a row to be in a position to provide capital funding for the childcare sector.
“This year’s funding will help to ensure that we continue to improve the quality of early childhood care and education, which is of such benefit to our youngest children.
“This capital programme represents my commitment, and that of the Government, to the ongoing development of the childcare sector,” she said.
This year’s funding scheme, totalling €2.75 million, covers four strands. These are small grants to purchase equipment or carry out small maintained work, assessed by the local childcare committees; grants to improve accessibility of services for children with disabilities; grants to provide natural outdoor spaces that promote active outdoor play, and grants towards critical works to ensure that buildings are fit-for-purpose under the childcare regulations (open to community/not-for-profit services).

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