18 Jul Local Childcare Centres secure €363,000 for improvements
Major investment paves way for radical new approach to childcare
Local childcare centres in the South Dublin County Council area are getting over €363,000 for improvements .The funding will allow for extra childcare spaces, building and maintenance work as well as playgrounds – and is more than double what has been provided in recent years.
A total of 31-projects are to benefit with grants ranging from €50,000 for major works to just over €3,000 for those planning outdoor playgrounds.
“Accessible affordable quality childcare is essential for Tallaght and all communities in South Dublin County Council. This funding will help ensure that our crèches, pre-schools and other childcare services have the capability to deliver for families.
The major grants of up to €50,000 are to allow for extra childcare spaces. I am thrilled that five local providers are receiving this strand 1 funding. It is great news for St Kevin’s Family Resource Centre in Kinamanagh, Newcastle Montessori, Naíonra Chaitlin Maude in Whitestown, Kingswood Childcare and Mountainview Green. It will help build capacity so we can meet the needs of those communities with more children and young people.
Two other providers, Ronanstown Community Childcare Centre and the Co-operative Housing Ireland, are receiving the second highest level of funding of about €18,000-€19,000 for building and maintenance. While 24 providers are receiving smaller grants up to a maximum of €5,000 for outdoor playgrounds.
Nationally I am delighted to have doubled the amount of available funding for childcare services to €8.4m. This funding comes at a key time.
We are in the process of taking the first big step to changing childcare forever. Up to 70,000 children will enjoy extra childcare supports from September. As Minister I am committed that once we take this step that there will be no going back. Increased investments must continue to benefit our providers, parents and most importantly our children.”