Catherine Noone this week encouraged local childcare services to assess if they may be eligible for Government funding.
A capital fund of €7 million has been announced for Early Years services by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
The Minister announced that €5 million was being made available for grants specifically for community and not-for-profit childcare services. This funding will provide grant aid in the region of €500,000 for significant upgrades of community and not-for-profit childcare services, such as major refurbishment or relocation to new premises. Also under this funding, grants of up to €50,000 will be available for essential maintenance, or works undertaken to improve the energy performance of childcare facilities.
There is clear evidence that, while all children benefit from access to quality early years provision, those from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit to the greatest extent. Community and not-for-profit childcare services must continue to be supported.
The remaining €2 million in capital funding is being made available for both private and community childcare facilities to access grants of up to €500 for quality improvement measures, specifically in the area of upgrading IT facilities.
Further information on the EYC2015 programme and information on how to make an application can be found on the Pobal website at www.pobal.ie Applications for funding can be made from the 29th April.