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€4 million childcare funding welcome, but proper planning remains a priority

March 20, 2017

20 March 2017

Plans announced today to provide €4 million in capital funding to improve and expand childcare services is a welcome development. However, proper planning is urgently needed to avoid a potential shortage of childcare in some areas and a possible oversupply in others, Early Childhood Ireland has said.

The 2017 Early Years Capital Funding programme was announced today by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD. It will be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other early years settings.

Early Childhood Ireland, CEO, Teresa Heeney said;
“We welcome this provision of additional funding announced today. As Minister Zappone acknowledged in her statement, we must tackle the issues which are preventing too many families from accessing services.

However, proper planning is required that examines the supply, availability and demand for childcare. We need to be certain that additional provision in some areas doesn’t duplicate or even displace existing services, while other areas are left with a shortage of spaces.

In a sector where providers are already stretched financially, we must avoid scenarios where there is an over-supply in some locations but a scarcity in others.”

Early Childhood Ireland represents over 3,600 childcare members who support over 100,000 children and their families through preschool, afterschool and full daycare provision nationwide. Its work includes quality enhancement, publications, advocacy, training, business support and information for a sector that employs 25,000 people today.

 

ENDS

For further information contact
Daniel English
Tel: 086 1448 768

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