Capital Funding 2019 Guidelines for Early Learning and Care and School Age

The 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes will open for applications from 25th February to 27th March 2019. Decisions are expected to be delivered in June 2019. The available strands of funding are as follows: Strand A:  Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds – €4.231m (max. €50,000 per grant). Strand B:  Fire Safety for…

Date announced for the commencement of all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015

Monday 2nd October 2017 Minister Katherine Zappone T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced that following almost two years of preparations all remaining provisions of the Children First Act 2015 will be commenced on 11th December 2017. These include the provisions in relation to mandatory reporting of child abuse and in relation to…

More Affordable Childcare from September 2017!

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has today announced additional childcare supports for parents, to begin this September. “Today we agreed the next step towards affordable, accessible quality childcare.  The Government has approved a range of financial measures that will see more than 70,000 families benefit from reduced childcare costs from…

Procurement for the provision of Services to Measure and Assess the Quality of Early Years Provision in Ireland

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone has announced that a request for tenders for the provision of services to measure and assess the quality of early years provision in Ireland will be issued later this evening. Please see the information below from DCYA for more details. “An assessment of the quality of early…

900 free places on the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Higher Education Programme

DCYA Announcement. Minister Zappone announces 900 free places on the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Higher Education Programme. Applications will open this week for the second intake onto the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) higher education programme for early years practitioners which will commence this September.  LINC, which was established in 2016 ,…

Building a new childcare system, €4m capital funding confirmed. Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone…

Building a new childcare system, €4m capital funding confirmed Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, has announced that €4m is being provided to improve childcare services. Minister Zappone says the funding will help put the infrastructure in place to…