Donegal County Childcare are delighted with the announcement from the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, that almost €317,000 has been allocated to 18 of Donegal’s 151 early childhood services. This represents a welcome increase of €72,000 on last year’s capital grant allocation.
62% of all Donegal services that applied were successful in this years funding allocation. €118,343.17 has been made available to community managed early childhood services while privately managed services received the larger allocation of €198,597.66.
The 2017 Early Years Capital Funding programme was made available to full and part time early childhood services, under 3 application strands. Donegal’s allocation is part of an overall €8.4m national fund.
The money is to be used to provide new childcare places, to fund essential maintenance improvements and building work, as well as to develop natural outdoor play areas. The funding is now available for immediate draw-down by the successful applicants.
Avril McMonagle, Manager of Donegal County Childcare said ‘We are pleased to see such a high success rate in the 2017 Capital Allocation. While all funding is much needed in the sector at present, I am particularly delighted to see the success of applications that will enable early childhood services to develop natural outdoor play spaces for children in the county. This is a positive step forward in providing opportunities to enhance children’s physical and emotional well-being as part of the early childhood curriculum’.
Success in relation to electoral area showed that early childhood services located in the Inis Eoghain EA received the highest allocation of funding totalling €159,342.93 and the Stranorlar EA receiving the second highest allocation of €92,447.80.