Minister Zappone announces measures to prepare local childcare for new scheme

Early Childhood Conference

Minister Zappone announces measures to prepare local childcare for new scheme

Pictured above are Teresa Heeney of Early Childhood Ireland with Dublin South West Independent Minister Katherine Zappone.

An extra €3m for technical support as well as new training has been announced by Dublin South West Minister Katherine Zappone to prepare services for the new National Childcare Scheme. 

Zappone announced measures to prepare local childcare for the new scheme. Minister Zappone used the annual conference of the Tallaght based group to announce an extra 3m Euro in funding to support roll out of the new scheme later this year.

Early Childhood Ireland Conference

Minister Zappone says providers in South and West Dublin should now be preparing for the scheme which will start later this year and will transform childcare. The Minister was speaking at the annual conference of Early Childhood Ireland, which has its head office in Tallaght. 

“Our local childcare providers are central to ensuring the switch over to the National Childcare Scheme is a success – not just for children now but for families for generations to come”

The Minister wants to encourage services across South and West Dublin to look at their current systems and if they need further support for IT services to apply for an extra €3m in funding which she is now making available. The funding will offer grants of between €500-€2000 depending on the numbers of children cared for.

In addition the Minister is pleased to announce that 500 places will be made available on a new e-Learning programme which will help train up those working in childcare to ensure their service is fully accessible to all.

We are continuing to put in place strong foundations to ensure that childcare in our communities will be transformed forever. Already investment is up 117% since 2015, over 80,000 children have extra financial supports, we must continue this work to ensure there is no going back. 

Parents and providers who need more information should check out www.ncs.gov.ie. The website of the new National Childcare Scheme has already had well over 50,000 hits.