Leitrim’s childcare services are set to benefit from funding to the tune of €42,993 following the allocation of Childcare Captial Grants last week.
Senator Paschal Mooney, Chairperson of Leitrim County Childcare Committee (LCCC) welcomed the announcement of the funding, which is set to benefit 12 childcare services in the county. The childcare capital funding is a national programme administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
The funds will go towards the provision of safe outdoor play spaces in childcare services, improving buildings and supporting services to ensure that children with disabilities have better experiences within early year’s settings.
Within the county the following childcare services have being awarded a capital grant as outlined: Tullaghan Community Playgroup - €1,446; Eivers Lane Childcare Centre, Mohill - €6,971; Annaduff Childcare Ltd - €2,915; Drumkeerin Childcare Services Ltd €4,393; Carrigallen Childcare Facility Ltd €2,991; Sunflower Montessori School, Kinlough €2,992; Little Acorns, Carrigallen €2,728; Manorhamilton Childcare T/A Tiny Hearts €2,817; Ballinamore Childcare €2,888; Fenagh Childcare €2,977; Spraoi Le Cheile Naionra, Kiltoghert €852; Childhood Days, Drumshanbo €9,023;
While there was a little disappointment that the original applications totalling €60,000 were not met, Senator Mooney said “the allocated funding will go a long way to meeting the current needs of childcare services”.
Fine Gael TD, Frank Feighan, also welcomed news of the funding noting “The allocation across Co Leitrim is a welcome investment that will help to ensure that we continue to improve the quality of early childhood care and education in our area”.
His colleague, Deputy Tony McLoughlin TD congratulated all the successful applications and observed that those that were successful “represented the most complete, coherent and compelling cases for funding with particular consideration given to additional supporting material and the level of deprivation of the areas.”
Both Fine Gael Deputies also paid tribute to the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald for the funding adding that she had “consistently identified improving pre-school education as one of her top priorities”.
This is the second year in a row that Minister Fitzgerald TD, has been able to make funding available to support childcare services around the country.
Nationally, funding for this scheme has reached €2.75m.