Funding Announced For Childcare Capital Programme

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, has today announced the launch of capital funding totalling €3m for community childcare services, parent and toddler groups and childminders.

Minister Fitzgerald stated: "I am happy to be in the position, for a third year in row, to announce a new scheme of capital funding for early years services. This demonstrates the commitment of this Government to continue developing quality childcare provision in Ireland."

The Minister announced that €2.5m was being made available for the repair, maintenance and upgrade of community and not-for-profit childcare services.

Minister Fitzgerald added: "I am committed to securing the sustainability of community and not for profit childcare services, particularly in disadvantaged areas. Many community childcare facilities were built with State investment.

"But many are now over ten years old, and issues are emerging in terms of repair, maintenance and upgrade which must now be addressed, to ensure that quality childcare services can continue to be provided and to protect the State's previous investment."

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