Offaly childcare providers receive €45,000 funding boost
€45,571 in capital grants has bee awarded to Offaly childcare providers, Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has said.
The funding will be awarded to providers of Early Years and School Age Childcare across the county.
“Today’s announcement follows on from the childcare measures we introduced last September, giving up to 70,000 children extra supports nationwide," Marcella explained.
“This funding will contribute towards the creation of new childcare places, natural outdoor play areas and the essential maintenance and repair of services here in Offaly."
“The capital funding has been awarded following the completion of a very competitive application and appraisal process."
“The approved Early Years and School Age Capital funding for 2018 has been made available to the following childcare providers here in Offaly:
€18,658 - Bright Beginnings, Ferbane; €6,975 - Nóiníní Beaga, Birr; €7,000 - Skippy’s Creche & Playschool, Cloghan; €5,938 – Discover Montessori Pre-school, Banagher; €7,000 – Happy Days Pre-school
“I am very pleased with the progress we are making with childcare. Fine Gael is delivering on its election commitment to support families and to help ease the financial cost of childcare," Marcella told the Offaly Express.
“The extra supports announced last September 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."
“Families on lower incomes, who qualify by way of a means test, are eligible for supports worth up to €7,500 per year for children aged 6 months to 15 years of age. The aim is to ensure that parents previously prevented from taking up jobs, training or education because of the cost of childcare, are now able to join the workforce," she added.
“In addition the free pre-school year (ECCE scheme) we introduced and later extended to two free years has been hugely beneficial to families saving them on average €4,000 per child.
“We 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.
“We have provided for 47,000 extra breakfast club places to benefit children and the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance has increased by 25%,” Marcella concluded.
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