Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Department of Health and Children
Child Care Services
Question 133: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she will approve a staffing grant for a child care group (details supplied) in County Roscommon which will be forced to close down operations at Christmas 2007 due to the lack of financial support from the State; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28662/07]
As the Deputy will be aware, I have responsibility for the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme 2000 — 2006 (EOCP) and the National Childcare Investment Programme 2006 — 2010 (NCIP), which are being implemented by the Office of the Minister for Children.
The Group in question applied for interim support funding under the NCIP and were declined in September 2007 as their application had not demonstrated sufficient ability to efficiently manage and sustain the service from September 2007 and therefore did not meet the requirements of the NCIP interim support scheme. The Group was invited to contact their local City/County Childcare Committee should they wish to apply for funding under the new Community Childcare Subvention Scheme which will come into effect in January 2008. I understand that the Group requested a review of this decision and will be informed of the outcome shortly.
The interim support scheme under the NCIP was introduced as an interim measure pending the introduction of the new Community Childcare Subvention Scheme, to facilitate Groups which were unable to meet the contractual deadline of December 2006 for funding under the EOCP staffing support scheme.