Thursday, 29 April 2021
Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
88. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he will consider including financial supports for essential upgrade and expansion of childcare facilities in the Early Learning Care and School Age Childcare Capital Programme for 2022 to cater for the ever-changing needs of children, families and service providers and to comply with Tusla requirements (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22498/21]
My Department has, since 2015, administered an annual capital funding programme, under which early learning and care (ELC) and school aged childcare (SAC) services which are registered with Tulsa can access capital funding.
The works eligible for capital funding is determined by my Department on an annual basis, having regard to the needs of children, families and service providers, and to Departmental priorities. It is too early to determine the 2022 capital priorities, but I am aware of the demands on providers, and will consider these in determining the scope of the 2022 capital programme.
Other supports to service providers are available form the national network of County Childcare Committees (CCCs) which are funded by my Department. The CCC's offer a wide variety of supports to parents and childcare providers, including information on grants and low cost local enterprise loans which may be available to services, as well as commercial borrowing. Contact details for all of the CCCs are available at myccc.ie