Balbriggan Local Electoral area childcare providers can avail of new funding  “€4m fund for new places, play areas and maintenance”

March 20, 2017 0

Balbriggan Local Electoral area childcare providers can apply for support from a new national €4m fund, according to Cllr. Murphy  Murphy  says local crèches, community services and other childcare providers can apply for money for new places, maintenance works and outdoor play areas.

Cllr Tony Murphy

Cllr Tony Murphy

Cllr. Murphy says individual childcare centres can receive funding of up to €50,000 under the 2017 Early Years Capital Funding Scheme. 

Making the announcement today Independent Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said: 

“The Government has ambitious plans to change childcare throughout the country.  We must move from having one of the most expensive services in the world to having the best.

However in order to achieve this goal we must continue to build up the infrastructure, in particular in those communities with young populations. This funding is another step towards achieving our goal.

Childcare providers can receive up to €50,000 under this scheme for major expansions, €20,000 is available to community based services for maintenance and grants of up to €5,000 are available for outdoor play areas.

This fund is in addition to €3m announced earlier in March to support those services for children of school-going age.

While these schemes are making a difference on the ground, in the Dáil we are also progressing legislation to allow for major changes to childcare. As Minister I am working hard to ensure the laws are passed before the Autumn.

I am determined that parents will no longer be forced to turn down work, training or education because of the high cost of childcare.

Our plans are ambitious however as Minister I remain convinced that it is to everyone’s benefit that we have quality, affordable, accessible childcare services.”