Funding Secured For 163 Community Childcare Providers

Funding of €2.5m has been secured for community childcare providers, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has announced.

A total of 163 community childcare groups are to benefit from the 2014 Early Years Capital programme, which was open to community not-for-profit services.

"Many community childcare facilities were built with State investment but are now over ten years old, with issues emerging in terms of repair, maintenance and upgrade," Dr Reilly said.

Adding: "These must now be addressed to ensure that childcare services can continue to be provided in appropriate and safe facilities.

"The grants awarded today will provide for essential repairs, maintenance or refurbishment and improved energy ratings in facilities that met the criteria of this scheme. Priority was given to areas of economic disadvantage, and the improvements to community childcare facilities will be a welcome boost for many communities. I know parents and providers, in particular, will welcome this scheme.

"This programme of works will take place alongside the very significant work currently being undertaken by my Department to deliver on the Early Years Quality Agenda. The quality agenda is receiving priority attention in my Department and provides an overdue recognition of the importance of promoting quality in early years settings."

Minister Reilly added: "I would like to thank all of those who took the time to apply for funding under this programme, and also to thank Pobal for their significant effort in managing the applications efficiently and effectively."


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