New fund­ing to sup­port lo­cal child­care groups

CHILD­CARE SER­VICES GET FUND­ING UN­DER TWO SCHEMES

Bray People - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

CHILD­CARE ser­vices in Wick­low are to re­ceive €243,498 in ex­tra fund­ing un­der the Early Years Pro­gramme.

Min­is­ter of State for Food, Forestry and Hor­ti­cul­ture An­drew Doyle has con­firmed that 27 child­care ser­vices around the county will ben­e­fit from the fund.

‘ The money will be used to pro­vide new child­care places, main­te­nance and build­ing work as well as out­door play ar­eas and is avail­able for im­me­di­ate draw-down by providers here in Wick­low. This in­cludes Dunlavin Com­mu­nity Play­group Lim­ited, Lady Birds Pre School, Brit­tas Bay, The Mar­ian Cen­tre, Kids Aloud Lim­ited Lim­ited, Donard/Glen Com­mu­nity Play­group Lim­ited, Strat­ford / Grange­con De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion Lim­ited, Bray Fam­ily Re­source and De­vel­op­ment Project Lim­ited, Par­ish of New­cas­tle & New­town­moun­tkennedy, Tippy’s Preschool Play­groups Lim­ited and many more,’ he said.

‘I hold the pro­vi­sion of qual­ity, af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble child­care as a very high­est pri­or­ity; en­sur­ing lo­cal chil­dren get the very best start in life. From Septem­ber an es­ti­mated 70,000 chil­dren na­tion­wide will get ex­tra sup­ports. This will re­ally ben­e­fit fam­i­lies in Wick­low,’ he said. Min­is­ter Doyle said that fam­i­lies will ben­e­fit in two ways.

‘First there is a uni­ver­sal sup­port for all chil­dren aged 3 and un­der then there are sup­ports for those fam­i­lies who need it most. The se­cond tar­geted sup­port is based on in­come and also for those par­ents who have had to turn down jobs, train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion be­cause they can­not af­ford child­care,’ he said.

Mean­while, a fur­ther €77, 877 in fund­ing has been made avail­able to six other child­care ser­vices as part of a €4m na­tional in­vest­ment in 5,000 ad­di­tional child­care spa­ces.

The fol­low­ing lo­cal child­care ser­vices have re­ceived fund­ing un­der the scheme: At­tracta’s Pre-school Shil­leglagh - €19,750, Buan Ed­u­ca­tion Lim­ited - €5,322, Tus Nua Montes­sori and Play­group Bray - €13,160, St.Coens Na­tional School Rath­new - €3,345, Wick­low Ed­u­cate To­gether - €16,454 and Lit­tle Ex­plor­ers Child­care Lim­ited - €19,846.

Min­is­ter Doyle said it is one of a raft of new mea­sures to make thing eas­ier for par­ents here.

‘We are de­ter­mined to reach out to par­ents and in­form them of the sup­ports that will be avail­able to them from this Septem­ber. The fund­ing an­nounced for School Aged Child­care ser­vices, to­talling €77,877 here in Wick­low, will be used for the es­tab­lish­ment of new SAC ser­vices as well as the ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing ser­vices. These new sub­si­dies will cre­ate greater parental choice and fi­nan­cial sup­port for fam­i­lies so they can achieve their full po­ten­tial,’ he said.

He en­cour­aged Wick­low par­ents to seek fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on www.af­ford­ablechild­care.ie

East Coast Clas­sics mem­bers Larry Cloke, Neil Burke, Paul Clarke, club chair­man, Gerry Cairns and Bren­dan Brady from Brady Bros in Ark­low with his grand­chil­dren and two of Bren­dan’s Chevey cars at the launch of East Coast Clas­sics An­nual Day, which will be held on Sun­day, Au­gust 20, from noon un­til 5 p.m. in the grounds of Ark­low Rugby Club.

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