Thursday, 11 July 2019
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Childcare Services Funding
844. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount of current and capital funding provided by her Department to professional associations of child minders, crèches, montessoris or other organisations over each of the past six years by organisation in tabular form. [30708/19]
During the 2000s, when major capital investment was underway, there were concerns as to how quality could be incorporated into childcare services. In that manner, it was decided by my Department to fund a small number of National Voluntary Childcare Organisations (NVCOs) whose members consisted of childcare providers who had the ability to provide quality support within the sector. My Department currently provides funding through Pobal to seven NVCOs who provide support to and represent 4,500 early education and childcare service providers.
The supports provided by NVCOs include professional development training, information and mentoring on quality practice, guidance on national childcare funding programmes, and informing policy to improve standards in the early learning and care sector.
Since 2013 my Department has provided the following funding to these organisations:
|Border Counties Childcare Network*||252,000||290,000||240,000|
|EECE and Play Early Childhood Ireland||1,229,999||1,978,200||1,246,311||1,190,000||1,229,500||1,190,000|
|Forbairt Naionra Teo||210,543||168,700||142,032|
|Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association||49,412||49,489||50,000||49,992||50,800||50,402|
|National Childhood Network||240,000||240,000||362,500|
|National Childminding Association of Ireland||335,372||340,000||340,000||340,000||335,305||340,000|
|National Parents Council of Ireland - Primary||28,572||61,500|
|St Nicholas Montessori Society||69,000||69,000||65,250||68,921||69,000||69,000|
*Border Counties Childcare Network are now the National Childhood Network.
Officials in my Department are currently compiling the information as requested by the Deputy. This information will be supplied to the Deputy in no later than 10 working days. I have asked my officials to follow up on this to ensure delivery as a matter of urgency.