€68,000 granted to early years services in Tipperary

Tipperary Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan has said that Tipperary will receive €68,000 in grant funding for early years services.

Tipperary Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan has said that Tipperary will receive €68,000 in grant funding for early years services.

“A large number of childcare providers throughout Tipperary will benefit. For example, St Sheelan’s Community Childcare Services will receive €4,150 towards door and window repairs, drainage and more. Meanwhile, Millenium Family Resource Centre in Glengoogle has been awarded €1,702 towards the relocation of food preparation area and administration area. Many other groups have been allocate money to upgrade their ICT equipment,” explained Deputy Coonan.

“This funding will be distributed to childcare services, in support of this vital sector in Tipperary. This capital programme demonstrates the Government’s commitment to the ongoing development of the childcare sector,” said Deputy Coonan.

“The investment is being directed by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, towards making the greatest impact by addressing the most urgent works and supporting the quality of services making the greatest impact for disadvantaged children and communities here in Tipperary.

“Nationally €5m of the grant funding was made available specifically for community/not for profit childcare services while the other €2m was made available to both private and community/not for profit childcare facilities to access grants for quality improvement measures, specifically in the area of upgrading IT facilities. €68,000 will go to local services in Tipperary.

“This news follows last week’s proposals for strategic investment in childcare which aims to improve affordability, quality and accessibility for parents and children across Ireland,” said Deputy Coonan.