Press release: Capital Funding Announcement 10 June 2019

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The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D.,has announced a total of €6.25m in Capital funding to be awarded to providers of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare this summer. Longford County Childcare Committee are delighted to advise that Co Longford has been awarded a total of €180,875 in capital funding.

The successful candidates are: Leonie Walsh (Playdays),  Kilnashee Childcare (ABC Childcare),  Anna Lynch and Elaine Woods (Lámh Beag) Little Learners,  Springlawn Community Childcare and  St Columba’s Afterchool. Congratulations to all of the successful recipients. The funding will contribute towards the creation of new places for 0-3 year olds, new school age childcare places, and essential fire safety improvements for community-owned services. • 118 applications approved for funding • 2,308 new school age places to be created. The capital funding has been awarded following the completion of a very competitive application and appraisal process. Announcing this new funding, the Minister said: “Quality accessible affordable childcare requires investment. The funding being announced today will translate into over 3,600 new and extra spaces for children up to the age of 15. It is another step as we seek to address the decades of under-investment and neglect by successive governments. Overall Government investment in early learning and care has jumped 117% since 2015.”

Leonie Walsh, Playdays Kilnashee Childcare Anna Lynch and Elaine Woods, Lámh Beag Little Learners Springlawn Community Childcare St Columba’s Afterchool Congratulations to all of the successful recipients. The funding will contribute towards the creation of new places for 0-3 year olds, new school age childcare places, and essential fire safety improvements for community-owned services. • 118 applications approved for funding • 2,308 new school age places to be created. The capital funding has been awarded following the completion of a very competitive application and appraisal process. Announcing this new funding, the Minister said: “Quality accessible affordable childcare requires investment. The funding being announced today will translate into over 3,600 new and extra spaces for children up to the age of 15. It is another step as we seek to address the decades of under-investment and neglect by successive governments. Overall Government investment in early learning and care has jumped 117% since 2015.”

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