Early Years services 2016 ( EYC2016 ) – Capital Funding

Some great news for Creche and Montessori operators was released on Feb 10th last. Dr James Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, announced the launch of capital funding totalling €4 million for Early Years services in 2016 (EYC2016).

Minister Reilly stated:

“In Budget 2016 we significantly expanded funding to make more affordable childcare more available to more people. A major initiative was the expansion of free pre-school (under the Early Childhood Care and Education programme) – increasing the number of children who benefit from free pre-school from around 67,000 to 127,000 each year, and reducing parents’ childcare costs for young children by an average of nearly €1,500 (in addition to the savings from the existing pre-school year). We also provided significant funding for a suite of supports to enable children with disabilities fully participate in, and reap the benefits of, quality pre-school care and education.”

So who benefits?

The funding Minister Reilly released is specifically aimed for pre-school providers, both community/not for profit and private providers.- who would like to expand their services and cater for more children starting Sept 2016. Minister Reilly added that this is one of a number of measures he is taking to increase the number of free pre-school places.

What can the funding be used for?

Eligible childcare providers can apply for funding through the Early Years Services 2016 ( EYC2016 ) in respect of a contribution towards the total project cost, or the full cost (up to a maximum of €10,000), for the following:

·    Build / fit out / refurbishment of an additional room /extension;

·    Minor building alterations; and

·    Costs for additional play equipment (to a maximum of €5,000) to facilitate an increase in

     childcare places.

Any funding received must be spent in 2016.

Minister Reilly had this to add:

“As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, it’s been a key priority to put in place a plan to build the kind of quality, accessible and affordable childcare that is key to keeping the recovery going. We’ve started this work in Budget 2016, because affordable childcare is important to making work pay for parents, and investment in quality early years services is one of the best investments we can make in our children. We also know from international evidence that high quality early years care and education delivers better outcomes for children, especially for those most disadvantaged, and in turn for society.

This capital scheme is just one of the childcare measures currently being introduced as a result of Budget 2016 to enable more children and families access high quality, free or subsidised early years care and education.  I am in no doubt that this investment by government will pay great dividends for parents and children over the coming years.”

More information..

Further information on the EYC2016 programme and information on how to make an application will be available on the Pobal Website at www.pobal.ie shortly. As Irelands leading childcare provider Wesco Ireland are happy to help with any queries regarding the application process, supporting quotations and general information on suitable products.

You can contact us today on (091) 860822 or (091) 860893 and via email on our contact page or to Pat@wescoireland.ie

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