New funding of €227,635 will lead to the creation of additional childcare places in County Wexford, Verona Murphy, Fine Gael General Election Candidate has told WexfordToday.com
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has announced a total of €6.25m in capital funding to providers of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare this summer. Nationally this will lead to an increase of more than 3,600 childcare places for children up to age 15.
Verona stated; “This funding will lead to additional places for children aged 0-3 years, as well as new school age childcare places, locally. This investment is a welcome boost for parents in the county and another positive step towards nationwide affordable childcare provision, something that Fine Gael has prioritised”.
“Affordable and accessible childcare is something that the Fine Gael-led Government has been striving to achieve. Our Independent colleague, Minister Zappone, has been driving improvements in the childcare sector and will continue to do so. Parents and children deserve access to high-quality; affordable childcare that will allow families to choose the type of work and home-life that best suits their needs”.
“This capital funding will also provide grants for fire safety improvements for community-owned services. I am delighted TAG -Taghmon Intergrated Local Development Team will benefit in our district. The funding decisions have been made following a competitive application process and I would like to congratulate the providers who have been successful”.
Children’s Minister Ms Zappone said: “Quality accessible affordable childcare requires investment. Overall Government investment in early learning and care has jumped 117% since 2015.”
Successful applicants: Total €227,635
EARLY YEARS CHILDCARE CAPITAL 2019 – STRAND A
– Askamore €49,995, W Reid €50,000 Bright Beginnings €73,122
EARLY YEARS CHILDCARE CAPITAL 2019 – STRAND B
– TAG €14,212 Kilmuckridge €9,000
SCHOOL AGE CHILDCARE CAPITAL 2019 – STRAND C
– Cranog Na Leanai €20,000 PDriver €11,306