Fine Gael Tipperary TD Noel Coonan has welcomed the announcement by Junior Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, that €77,883 will be awarded to Tipperary childcare facilities through the 2014 Early Years Capital programme.
“In Tipperary, €77,883 has been awarded to community and not-for-profit childcare services that applied for funding under the Early Years Capital programme. This funding will be used for repair and maintenance works, and to upgrade current facilities,” said Deputy Coonan.
“Some of the facilities to benefit from the funding announced today include Templemore Community Services Centre Ltd, Nenagh Childcare Centre Ltd, St Sheelan’s Community Childcare Services and Ballingarry (Thurles) Community Development Ltd. This money will prove hugely beneficial to local families whose children have been using these facilities.
“The grants awarded today will be used for essential repairs, refurbishment and improving energy ratings. Priority was given to areas of economic disadvantage; places most in need of assistance. This is very good news for parents and childcare providers in Tipperary,” continued Deputy Coonan.
“High quality childcare facilities are hugely important to parents. It makes a massive difference to know that when you are at work, your children are being cared for in an environment that is safe, clean and fit-for-purpose. Children in Tipperary will benefit from funding awarded to facilities that have been in existence for some years and are now in need for a make-over.
“Nationally, €2.5 million in capital funding has been allocated to 163 childcare providers. This highlights the Government’s commitment to supporting sustainable community services across the country.
“One of the Government’s top priorities for the remainder of the current Dáil term is to introduce measures to assist low income families by improving the system of child income supports. Only last week changes to the Community Employment Childcare (CEC) programme were announced to assist people trying to get back to work and those in training programmes.
“This programme of works will take place alongside the very significant work currently being undertaken to deliver on the Early Years Quality Agenda, and in addition this funding, a further €5 million has been made available under the Infrastructure Stimulus. The Minister for Children is currently assessing and planning on how best to spend this money,” concluded Deputy Coonan.
The following are the organisations in Tipperary who will benefit as a result of the scheme:
Templemore Community Services Centre Ltd, €7,709; Nenagh Childcare Centre Limited, €15,766; Newtown Community Playgroup, €16,004; St Sheelan’s Community Childcare Service Ltd, €3,200; Tipperary Barnardos, €4,200; Ballingarry (Thurles) Community Development Ltd, €20,165; Clonmel Resource Centre Ltd, €10,839.