01 June 2018

Over €82,000 in capital grants for Dublin Mid-West childcare providers

Local Fine Gael TD, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed over €82,000 in Capital Funding for childcare providers in Clondalkin, Lucan and Newcastle.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, announced a total of €6.87m in Capital funding to providers of Early Years and School Age Childcare nationwide on Friday the 1st June 2018. €82, 160 of this was allocated to local childcare providers.

Welcoming the announcement, Fitzgerald said: “This funding will contribute towards the creation of new early year and school age places as well as natural outdoor play areas across five different facilities.

“A maximum grant of €50,000 has been awarded to Castle Kids in Clondalkin for the creation of additional early years places while €15,312 has been provided to Sherpa Kids, located at Scoil Mhuire GNS in Lucan, for the provision of new school-age childcare places.

“Three facilities have received funding for outdoor natural play areas; Lucan East Pre and After School were awarded €3,600, Explore Together Childcare in Hillcrest was awarded €6,248 and Sticky Fingers in Newcastle given a grant of €7,000.

“I would like to congratulate the successful childcare facilities. I understand from my colleague, Minister Zappone, that this was a very competitive application and appraisal process.”

Fitzgerald detailed the broader picture around childcare and family supports that this funding fits into stating: “Fine Gael is delivering on its election commitment to support families and to help ease the financial cost of childcare.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the childcare measures we introduced last September, giving up to 70,000 children extra supports. These included a universal childcare subsidy, of up to €1,040 per year, available for children aged from 6-months up to starting their free pre-school year (ECCE Scheme) at 36 months.
We also introduced two weeks paid Paternity Leave for new fathers for the first time in the history of the State.

“Under 6s now benefit from GP care and an extra 10,000 children now qualify for a medical card thanks to it being extended to those on Domiciliary Care Allowance. 47,000 extra breakfast club places have been created and the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance has increased by 25%,”

“Improving preschool standards and introducing a second addition the free pre-school year (ECCE scheme) were important goals of mine as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Thanks to the improving economy, the Government were able to successfully extend ECCE which saves families an average of €4,000 per child.

“While there is clearly more work to be done in order to improve affordable childcare, parents are receiving more practical assistance. I will continue working with my Government colleagues, as I have successfully done since 2011, to deliver more improvements for children and families in the years to come,”
concluded Fitzgerald.



Funding has been allocated to these local projects based on the following strands

Strand 1 (Early Years): New places
·        €3.86m total budget (€50k max. grant)
·        85 applications approved for funding
·        1,950 new places to be created: 697 0-3 places, 1,253 ECCE places

Strand 3 (Early Years): Natural outdoor play area (0-50 capacity services only)
·        €1m total budget (€7k max. grant)
·        157 applications approved for funding

Strand 4 (School Age): New places
·        €0.76m total budget
·        45 applications approved for funding
·        807 new places to be created