€155,000 in capital grants for Dublin Fingal childcare providers

€155,000 in capital grants has been awarded North County childcare providers, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal and Chair of the Oireachtas Children and Youth Affairs Committee, Alan Farrell has said.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone.

Deputy Farrell said: “Today’s announcement follows on from the childcare measures we introduced last September, giving up to 70,000 children extra supports.

“This funding will contribute towards the creation of new childcare places, natural outdoor play areas and the essential maintenance services here in Dublin Fingal.

“The capital funding has been awarded following the completion of a very competitive application and appraisal process.

“The approved Early Years and School Age Capital funding for 2018 has been made available to the following childcare providers here in the North County:

“Strand 1 (Early years) funding to provide for new places has been awarded to:
Really Cool Afterschool and Montessori School Limited, Linen Court, George’s Court, George’s Hill, Balbriggan – €50,000
Smarty Pants, St.Catherines National School, Kenure, Rush, Co. Dublin – €50,000

“Strand 3 (Early Years) funding for natural outdoor play areas has been granted to:
Really Cool Afterschool and Montessori School Limited, Linen Court, George’s Court, George’s Hill, Balbriggan – €6,359
Little Cherubs Montessori – 69 Craoibhin Park, Balbriggan, Co Dublin – €5,136
Smarty Pants, St. Catherines National School, Kenure, Rush, Co. Dublin – €4,997
Market Green Montessori, 25 Market Green, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin – €4,877
Tots & Swots, Unit 4 Balbriggan Retail Park, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin – €7,000
Circle of Friends Montessori, 101 Pine Ridge, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin – €6,645

“Strand 4 (School Age) funding to facilitate for new places is being provided to:
Cocoon Childcare – Balbriggan, Cardy Rock View, Cardy Rock Road, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin – €19,998

“I am very pleased with the progress we are making with childcare. Fine Gael is delivering on its election commitment to support families and to help ease the financial cost of childcare.

“The extra supports announced last September included a universal childcare subsidy, of up to €1,040 per year, available for children aged from 6-months up to starting their free pre-school year (ECCE Scheme) at 36 months.

“Families on lower incomes, who qualify by way of a means test, are eligible for supports worth up to €7,500 per year for children aged 6 months to 15 years of age. The aim is to ensure that parents previously prevented from taking up jobs, training or education because of the cost of childcare, are now able to join the workforce.

“In addition the free pre-school year (ECCE scheme) we introduced and later extended to two free years has been hugely beneficial to families saving them on average €4,000 per child.

“We introduced two weeks paid Paternity Leave for new fathers for the first time in the history of the State.

“Under 6s now benefit from GP care and an extra 10,000 children now qualify for a medical card thanks to it being extended to those on Domiciliary Care Allowance.

“We have provided for 47,000 extra breakfast club places to benefit children and the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance has increased by 25%,” Deputy Farrell said.

Minister Zappone said: “I am delighted to announce the €6.87m which will create over 2,000 new childcare places across the country.

“There was an unprecedented amount of applications this year which shows the appetite for expansion within the sector. I will continue to seek increased investment in this area in order to increase capacity and deliver the highest quality of childcare for families in Ireland.”