6 childcare centres in the South Dublin County Council receiving over €80,000

By August 1, 2017 No Comments

New funding announcement for six Childcare Centres in South Dublin County Council Area

Six childcare centres in the South Dublin County Council area are receiving over €80,000 to provide extra places for children of school going age, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

The announcement is the second major boost for the sector in recent weeks.

The Independent Minister and Dublin South West TD says such funding is vital if genuine accessible affordable quality childcare is to be delivered for local families.

This new funding announcement comes as parents are being reminded that an extra €19m in childcare supports will be available from next month.

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“It is clear that access to and the cost of childcare was one of the top challenges facing local families across South and West Dublin.

We are now taking the first big step to address those concerns.

The €80,000 I am making available to increase the number of places for older children will be a help in The Hub Afterschool Club (€19,690), Tree Tops Day Nursery in Knocklyon (€17,880), Naionra Matters in Lucan (€13,077), Naíonra Chaitlín Maude in Hazelgrove (€9,998), Grian na nÓg in Rathcoole (€9,600) and Learning for Life in Lucan (€9,998).

As will the extra supports for families starting next month.

It is important that parents check out how they can benefit from the supports at www.affordablechildcare.ie. They are being reminded to do so by the next phase of our national awareness campaign ‘It Starts Now’.

Both developments follow the doubling of capital funding to €8.4m we announced last week as well as the €18m in payments to providers in recognition of their heavy administration workload.

Progress is being made. However I have also been absolutely clear that turning childcare in Dublin South West and across the country around will not be easy. It was never going to be achieved in one budget. This is much more work to be done to turn our system from one of the most expensive in the world into the best.

In the coming weeks I will be negotiating hard to ensure that the next budget will see further investment so that all our local communities can have a childcare system which will provide for families for generations to come.”