€173,831 in funding for childcare providers in the North County will boost available places

New funding €173,831 will lead to the creation of additional childcare places in the North County, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs, Alan Farrell has said.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has announced a total of €6.25m in capital funding to providers of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare this summer. Nationally this will lead to an increase of more than 3,600 childcare places for children up to age 15.

“This funding will lead to additional places for children aged 0-3 years, as well as new school age childcare places, locally.

“This investment is a welcome boost for parents in the county and another step towards nationwide affordable childcare provision, something that Fine Gael has prioritised.

“Affordable and accessible childcare is something that the Fine Gael-led Government has been striving to achieve.

“Parents and children deserve access to high-quality, affordable childcare that will allow families to choose the type of work and home-life that best suits their needs.

“This capital funding will also provide grants for fire safety improvements for a community-owned service in Balbriggan.

 “The funding decisions have been made following a competitive application process and I would like to congratulate the providers who have been successful.

“This funding will translate into over 3,600 new and extra spaces for children up to the age of 15. It is another step as we seek to address the decades of under-investment and neglect by successive governments. Overall Government investment in early learning and care has jumped 117% since 2015.”

Pobal have begun notifying all applicants of the outcomes of the capital decisions.