Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Departmental Funding

Photo of Kathleen FunchionKathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein)
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365. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the programmes, further supports and initiatives that are funded under programme B:5 sectoral programmes for children and young persons in the 2021 Revised Estimates. [49604/21]

Photo of Roderic O'GormanRoderic O'Gorman (Dublin West, Green Party)
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My Department operates a number of early learning and school-age childcare funding schemes which are, in the main, administered by Pobal on behalf of my Department. In 2021, some €88.7m was made available under the B5 subhead.

Funding under this allocation is used to pay for Pobal’s administration of early learning and school-age childcare funding schemes. Also thirty County Childcare Committees (CCCs) are funded under this sub-head.

Funding is provided to Tusla to conduct its statutory pre-school inspection role. Funding is also provided to a number of Voluntary Childcare Organisations to support my Department in the delivery of the early learning and school-age childcare funding schemes. The vetting of the sector is also funded under this sub-head.

Schemes administered under the B5 subhead are:

- ELC and SAC Capital Programme

- Childminding Development Grant

- Parent and Toddler Grant

- Learner Fund

- AIM Programme Supports

The remainder of the funding is allocated to support the ELC and SAC sector, and in particular:

- implementation of the First 5 Strategy

- development of the workforce development plan

- rollout of National Síolta Aistear Initiative

- rollout of childminding Initiatives

- sustainable supports

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