Monday, 11th July 2016
“I welcome the news last week from my colleague Childrens’ Minister
Dr. Katherine Zappone that 45 playschools in Meath are to receive
extra funding of €275k. A good start in early years education is a
crucial part of young people’s physical, emotional and meantal health”
local Meath East T.D. and Minister for Mental Health and Older People
Helen McEntee has said.
Minister McEntee continued: “The extension of the Early Childhood Care
and Education (ECCE) pre-school scheme so that every child will be
able to access free pre-school from the age of three until they start
school (entering pre-school in the September, January or April after
they turncthree) is a welcome development for children, parents and
Early Years providers. It will see more than 60,000 additional
children enrolled in the programme by April 2017. Children will now
benefit from an average of 61 weeks of the scheme, up from 38 weeks.
In order to ensure that there is sufficient capacity in the sector to
provide for these children, this extra funding is one of a number of
measures that has been developed to assist services to expand.”
The funding being made available by Dr. Zappone locally in Meath and
nationwide are specifically for pre-school providers – both
community/not-for-profit and private providers – who want to expand
their services to cater for more children from September 2016.
The grants that are being awarded may be used to cover 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.