Over 8 million For Improvement of Childcare Services

Posted by Alan Kelly on July 19, 2017 at 09:46 AM

I welcome allocation of €8.4 million to improve childcare services across the country by the Department for Children and Youth Affairs.
I welcome the allocation of €8.4 million to 683 pre-school providers across the country.  This funding will be used to provide more than 2,200 new childcare places, maintenance and building work as well as outdoor play areas and is available for immediate draw-down by the successful applicants. The good news will benefit children, families and childcare providers under the Early Years programmes
The funding will be made available under three strands: •    Strand 1:  New Places (€4.2m – maximum €50k per grant): 89 projects to be funded. •    Strand 2:  Building improvements and maintenance (€2.1m maximum €20k per grant, Community only): 131 projects to be funded. •    Strand 3: Natural outdoor play area (€2.1m, maximum €5k per grant): 463 projects to be funded.
Over €368,000 has been allocated to 41 childcare services across Tipperary, 3 are receiving funding under strand 1, five under strand 2, and thirty three under strand 3. 

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