€89,000 in Capital Funding for Carlow Pre-School Providers – DEERING.

8th July, 2016

Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has welcomed Dr Katherine Zappone’s announcement that more than €6.5m in capital funding has been allocated

through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to 1,006 pre-school providers nationwide including €89,000 for 16 Carlow Community and Private providers.

This represents an increase of over 2.5m on the amount of €4m announced for this programme in February 2016. Grants of up to €10,000 per provider are being provided.

Deputy Deering said “The extension of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) pre-school scheme is a welcome development and now every child will be able to access free

pre-school from the age of three until they start school. It will see more than 60,000 additional children enrolled in the programme by April 2017. Children will now benefit from an average of 61

weeks on the scheme, up from 38 weeks. In order to ensure that there is sufficient capacity in the sector to provide for these children, this is one of a number of measures the Government has

developed to assist services to expand.”

“There were a large number of high quality applications for the scheme, and the majority of these have now be approved for funding.

The funding being made available is specifically for pre-school providers – both community/not-for-profit and private providers – who want to expand their services to cater for more children from

September 2016.

The grants that are being awarded may be used to cover the following:

·        Build / fit out / refurbishment of an additional room /extension;
·        Minor building alterations; and
·        Costs for additional play equipment (to a maximum of €5,000) to facilitate an increase in childcare places.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, with the assistance of Pobal, invited applications from all services contracted to deliver its various childcare programmes.

All submitted applications were considered in order to find those that most closely and completely met the criteria and objectives of the programme.

Successful Carlow applicants are: Pied Piper Community Pre-School; Scallywags Creche; Kilkenny Road Community Childcare & Family Centre;

Brownshill Creche, Montessori & Afterschool; Little Trinity Creche & Montessori; Tippy Toes Montessori; Absolute Beginners Creche & Montessori;

Mary’s Playschool; St. Catherines Community Services Centre; Forward Steps Resource Centre Limited; Askea Community Childcare Centre;

The Trees Montessori; Little Stars Childcare;Creative Kids; Dolmen Nursery and Sioga Beag Creche & Montessori.