Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has today (Wednesday 19 July) announced that €8.4m in capital funding has been allocated through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to 683 pre-school providers nationwide; an increase in €4,4m on the amount announced for this programme in March 2017.

Minister Zappone says the increase in funding comes at a key moment in Ireland’s move to accessible affordable quality childcare.

The money is to 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. Minister Zappone’s full statement and a breakdown of funding under strands 1, 2 and 3 can be found on the DCYA website.

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