Early Years Capital and School Aged Childcare Funding Programmes
The purpose of the Early Years Capital and School Aged Childcare Funding 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 Years Capital and School Aged Childcare Funding programmes on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).
The Early Years Capital/School Age Capital grant 2018 application process was opened to beneficiaries on 12 February 2018 and closed on 14 March 2018.
On 1 June 2018 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D., announced a total of €6.87m in Capital funding to be awarded to providers of Early Years and School Age Childcare. The €6.87m will contribute towards the creation of new childcare places, natural outdoor play areas and the essential maintenance and repair of services nationwide.
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