Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital Programmes
The purpose of the Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital Programmes is to support early years’ and school aged childcare service providers in the community and private sector.
The underpinning principle of the capital funding programmes is to increase the number of childcare places in areas of greatest need alongside improving the quality of facilities provided in the community. Capital funding is provided to ensure that early years and school age service facilities meet all regulatory requirements, provide places for all age groups, maintain and improve their buildings and outdoor areas to a standard that meets the needs of families in their community. Pobal administers the Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital Programmes on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).
Early Years Capital Programme 2020
The Early Years Capital Programme 2020 was due to close to applications on 27 March 2020. Given the difficulties being experienced across Ireland at this time, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has decided to suspend applications for the 2020 capital programme, for now. DCYA will keep this situation under review and will be back in touch when there is an update.
Crossabeg Community Childcare Centre received funding through School Age Capital 2017 to improve the school aged childcare service they were providing. The service is a community-based childcare setting in close proximity to the local primary school.View Case Study