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08/01/2018: Childcare 2018 Capital Programme - Applications to open in Feb 2018

Outdoor play areas, extra spaces and essential maintenance are to be supported by €6.8m in capital funding for childcare services in 2018, according to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.
The Minister is also confirming that applications will open in February to ensure children of all ages will benefit as soon as possible.

In order to streamline the process applications will be through an online system using a single form.

Early Years
• Strand 1: New or expanding services €3.86m
• Strand 2: Essential maintenance €1m
• Strand 3: Natural outdoor play area €1m

€5.86m total Early Years

School Age
• Strand 4: New or expanding services €0.75m
• Strand 5: Essential maintenance €0.25m

€1m total School Age
For the first time, in 2018, Early Years and School Age Childcare Capital programmes will run concurrently. Services will be able to apply online using a single application form through the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP). The application window will close in March 2018.

Minster Zappone said:
“I am happy to have secured €6.86m capital funding for the expansion and improvement of early years and school age childcare services in Ireland. Last year, my Department’s capital programmes provided 649 individual grants to early years providers, resulting in the creation of 1,624 ECCE places and 594 places for 0-3 year olds, as well as reaching 488 school age providers, creating 5,000 new school age childcare places.

“This year’s Capital programmes seek to build on that good work, as well as providing an earlier timeline for delivery than previous years, in the hope that services can begin their capital works during the summer months. The €6.86m set aside for capital reflects my on-going commitment to developing quality, affordable childcare in Ireland, and assisting providers in delivering world class services to parents and children.

“In addition to funding, the Bill that will form the backbone of our radical new approach will make its way through the Oireachtas in 2018, while work on a top class IT system also continues.

“Changing one of the world’s most expensive childcare systems in the world into the best is an ambitious goal but one which we will continue to work towards achieving in the next 12-months.”

Timeline for Capital 2018

Actions Key Dates*
Application Guidelines January 2018
Go live date for applications February 2018
Closing date for applications March 2018
Appraisals March-April 2018
Decisions May 2018
Notification of Outcomes Issued by end of May 2018