Guidelines Now Available

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs have announced the publication of the application guidelines for the National Childcare Scheme, Early Learning & Care: Capital Funding.

The guidelines set out the application process for capital funding which will allow service providers, who sign up to the new National Childcare Scheme to purchase ICT support, which will assist them in recording and reporting children’s attendance.

Speaking about the capital funding, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone T.D., noted:

The National Childcare Scheme has been designed to be flexible and responsive, with families’ needs and the business requirements of our dedicated childcare service providers in mind. We know that family life happens, and the Scheme’s attendance rules recognise and respond to this.

I also want to make it as easy and efficient as possible for providers to meet their obligations in relation to recording and reporting attendance. This ICT support grant, coupled with our new ‘one stop shop’ template, will do just that, ensuring streamlined administration and more time spent doing the work that really matters – providing quality Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare to our nation’s children.”

Providers can purchase ICT support which meets the eligibility criteria and will be reimbursed for the amount spent, up to the maximum amount allowable.  A full list of eligibility criteria is laid out in the application guidelines available here.

The maximum grants will vary depending on the size of the service availing of State supports, and will range from €500 to €2,000.