Local TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG)

CHILDCARE services in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown are set to receive funding of €41,609.
The funding was announced on Thursday, July 4 by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald as part of the second round of Childcare Capital Grants.
A total of €2.75 million is being allocated to 671 childcare service providers nationwide.
This year’s funding scheme covers small grants to purchase equipment or carry out small maintenance works as 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 to community or not-for-profit services towards critical works to ensure that buildings are fit-for-purpose under the childcare regulations.
Locally, Dalkey Community Preschool Playgroup will receive €6,526 in funding, while The Willows Dun Laoghaire VEC Childcare Centre in Sallynoggin will get €2,977, and Clonkeen Montessori School in Foxrock will get €2,877.
Lakelands Childcare in Stillorgan will receive €2,848, while Naionra Dhun Droma in Rathfarnham will get €2,811, and The Grove Pre-School in Goatstown will get €2,709.
In Shankill, €8,639 will be allocated to Naionra Pobail-Seanchill Teo, and €2,076 will be given to Eaton Wood Montessori.
Meanwhile, Koala Childcare in Dun Laoghaire will receive €2,457, while Ballyogan Childcare Service in Carrickmines will receive €2,434, and Broadford Montessori Preschool in Ballinteer is set to receive €2,382.
The Blackrock Community Playgroup will receive €1,624, and Daisy Chain Montessori and Childcare in Stepaside will receive €1,249.
Announcing the funding, Minister Fitzgerald said: “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.
“I would like to thank all of those who took the time and effort to apply for funding under this programme, and to compliment them for their commitment to improving the quality of childcare services.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the work of Pobal in managing the significant volume of applications in a very professional, timely and efficient manner.”
Local TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) welcomed the announcement, saying that it is “vitally important to invest in children in their early years”.
She said: “Local service providers will directly benefit from this funding. The allocation of €41,609 to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 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-years settings.”