Saturday 16 December 2017

€166k investment in Fingal childcare

Funding will be used to establish new school aged service

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone

Fergal Maddock

Government funding, totalling €166,000, is being provided to improve childcare services for children of school going age and make life easier for parents and families across Fingal

It is part of a €4m investment which will will help create over 5,000 extra childcare places in 225 school age childcare services nationwide.

The extra spaces will further increase capacity ahead of new childcare supports which will benefit up to 70,000 children from September.

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, and Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs, Alan Farrell said this funding is one of a raft of new measures to make thing easier for parents here.

'"We are determined to reach out to parents and inform them of the supports that will be available to them from this September.

'The funding announced for School Aged Childcare services, totalling €166,565 here in Dublin Fingal, will be used for the establishment of new SAC services as well as the expansion of existing services.'

The following local childcare services have received funding under the scheme:

Bizzy B's Preschool €20,000; Play & Learn Playschool €12,220.93; Sunshine Playschool €5,000; Tadpoles Academy €20,000; Sherpa Kids Scoil Phadraic Cailini €20,000; Sherpa Kids Kinsealy €14,439.00

Backyard Kids €20,000l; Ballyboughal Afterschool Club €8,830; Balbriggan Community Childcare Group Limited €8,327.Fun2See Learning and Activity Centre Limited €10,000; Kids Care €8,183; Tadpoles Academy €1,181; Tots & Swots €10,000.

Senator Dr James Reilly said: 'As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone has said, this is the first big step, but there is still much work to done in this area. I am assured that the Minister is focused on quality of childcare, accessibility and also recognition for the workers who provide services.

'I encourage all parents everyone with children in childcare to visit - - to see the supports available to their family.'

Assistance with childcare costs is available non means tested up to €1,040 up to start of ECCE pre school year. Lower income families can avail of supports of €7,500 up to 15 years of age.

Speaking at the launch of the new funding, Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said: 'In a Republic of Opportunity everyone should have the chance to access employment and education. Childcare can often be a barrier to this, whereas it should be a bridge to opportunity for parents, their children and our economy.

'These new subsidies will create greater parental choice and financial support for families so they can achieve their full potential. I'm delighted that investment made this year will help families begin to feel a difference in their pockets from September..'

Fingal Independent

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