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).
On Monday 10th June 2019, The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone TD, announced a total of €6.25m in Capital funding to be awarded to providers of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare.
The funding will contribute towards the creation of new places for 0-3 year olds, new school age childcare places, and essential fire safety improvements for community-owned services.
The approved Early Learning and School Age Capital funding for 2019 will be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other childcare facilities across three strands, as follows:
Ø Strand A (Early Learning and Care): New places for 0-3 year olds
· €3.7m total approved (€50k max. grant)
· 87 applications approved for funding
· 1,321 new 0-3 places to be created: 205 0-1 places, 1,116 1-3 places
Ø Strand B (Early Learning and Care): Fire safety improvements (community only)
· €0.3m total approved (€15k max. grant)
· 33 applications approved for funding
Ø Strand C (School Age): New places for school age children
· €2.2m total approved (€20k max. grant)
· 118 applications approved for funding
· 2,308 new school age places to be created.
The capital funding has been awarded following the completion of a very competitive application and appraisal process.
Pobal have now begun the process of notifying all applicants of the outcomes of the Capital decisions. A list of these successful applications is included below.
LIST OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS:
If you have any queries in relation to the funding announcement, please contact Pobal customer services team on email@example.com or telephone 01 5117222
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