€70,000 boost for childcare services

by Gazette Reporter
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Over €120,000 in funding has been allocated to a number of childcare services across Fingal, it has been announced recently.
The allocation comes as part of Childcare Capital Grants funding and was announced by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald last week. The minister announced a total allocation of €2.75 million for 671 different childcare providers located across the country.
Of these providers, 35 childcare services in the Fingal area will receive funding from the grants which will total €123,324. In Dublin North, 21 childcare providers have been allocated funds, totalling approximately €71,177 altogether. Funding granted to childcare services in Dublin North ranged from €1,363 to €9,978. Recipients of these grants included Kidz First, Bubbles Too and A to Z Playschool in Swords, Beverton Preschool, Cois Inbhir Montessori and Hazel Grove Nurturing Centre in Donabate, Sticky Fingers in Skerries, Balbriggan Community Childcare and Deerpark Montessori in Howth, to name just a few.
Commenting on the funding, local TD Alan Farrell (FG) welcomed the announcement, saying the grants would improve local childcare services.
“It is vitally important to invest in children in their early years and I am delighted that for the second year in a row, the Minister has been able to make funding available to support childcare services around the country. The allocation [of €71,177] is a welcome investment that will help to ensure that we continue to improve the quality of early childhood care and education in our area.”
“This investment is being targeted to have a high impact on the successful childcare providers involved. Funding will go towards providing safe outdoor play spaces in childcare services, improving buildings and supporting services to ensure that children with disabilities have better experiences within early year’s settings.”
The news was also welcomed by Sandra Cummins, owner of Kids First Creche and Montessori in Swords.
“It is definitely really beneficial for the creche. It gives me the funds to buy more equipment that I wouldn’t have been in a position to buy without it so I’m delighted to receive it. Any spare money goes into repairs but we will use this to buy a four-seat buggy which will benefit me and the children.”

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