Wednesday, 6 October 2021
Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
88. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if funding is available for national schools to set up after-school services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48565/21]
Capital investment in early learning and childcare will be delivered through the National Development Plan (NDP) during the period 2022-2030.
NDP capital funding allocated to early learning and childcare will be used to increase the stock of early learning and childcare infrastructure, in order to address capacity challenges including the undersupply for certain types of provision and in specific areas of the country.
My Department is currently developing proposals for the allocation of NDP funding to the early learning and childcare sector, and these will be announced in the coming months.
Other supports are currently available for any school which wants to set up an after-school service, including access to National Childcare Scheme funding which may reduce the cost of after-school care to parents. Schools should contact their local County Childcare Committee (CCC) for information and support on establishing an after-school service.Details of the CCCs can be found on www.myccc.ie.