The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD is pleased to announce the priorities for 2019’s Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes. The Minister has secured €9m for capital grants across 2019.
The budget for the Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes has been set at €6.106m.
A further announcement with details of an additional €3m to be associated with the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will issue early in 2019.
The programmes will be open for applications from early learning and care and school age childcare services in February 2019.
Capital funding under the programmes will be delivered under the following three strands:
The focus of the funding in 2019 is to continue the expansion of early learning and care places for 0-3 year olds and school age childcare places where this is most needed.
Funding is also being made available to aid community/not-for-profit early learning and childcare services in addressing fire safety issues that have been highlighted in inspection reports.
Commenting on the launch of the Capital Fund, Minister Zappone said:
Further information on the application process, including detailed application guidelines, will be made available to services in January 2019.
Childcare providers are encouraged to contact their local City/County Childcare Committee to answer any questions they may have.