€183,313 for Clare’s childcare facilities – BREEN

July 16th, 2014 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, that €183,313 will be awarded to Clare childcare facilities through the 2014 Early Years Capital programme.

“In Clare, €183,313 has been awarded to community and not-for-profit childcare services that applied for funding under the Early Years Capital programme. This funding will be used for repair and maintenance works, and to upgrade current facilities.

“The Children Care facilities to benefit are The West Clare Early Years Care & Education Services Sunflowers Kildysart, West Clare Early Years Care & Education Services Tir Na nÓg Lissycasey, the West Clare Early Years Care & Education Services Rí Rá Grace Street, Kilrush, West Clare Early Years Care & Education Services Seahorses Kilkee, SPRAOI Miltown Malbay and District Community Playgroup Ltd, Clare Family Resource Centre Watery Road, Ennis, Ruan Community Childcare Ruan, Obair Community Creche Ennis Road, Newmarket on Fergus, Inagh Ark Childcare Inagh, Brigit’s Hearth Raheen Woods Estate, Tuamgraney and the Loughgraney Kids Corner Flagmount in Caher have benefitted from the funding. This money will prove hugely beneficial to local families whose children have been using these facilities.

“The grants awarded today will be used for essential repairs, refurbishment and improving energy ratings. Priority was given to areas of economic disadvantage; places most in need of assistance. This is very good news for parents and childcare providers in Clare

“High quality childcare facilities are hugely important to parents. It makes a massive difference to know that when you are at work, your children are being cared for in an environment that is safe, clean and fit-for-purpose. Children in Clare will benefit from funding awarded to facilities that have been in existence for some years and are now in need for a make-over.

“Nationally, €2.5 million in capital funding has been allocated to 163 childcare providers. This highlights the Government’s commitment to supporting sustainable community services across the country.

“One of the Government’s top priorities for the remainder of the current Dáil term is to introduce measures to assist low income families by improving the system of child income supports. Only last week changes to the Community Employment Childcare (CEC) programme were announced to assist people trying to get back to work and those in training programmes.

“This programme of works will take place alongside the very significant work currently being undertaken to deliver on the Early Years Quality Agenda, and in addition this funding, a further €5 million has been made available under the Infrastructure Stimulus. The Minister for Children is currently assessing and planning on how best to spend this money.”

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Notes for Editors:
Applications for grants were invited under two funding strands:
Strand 1 Grants of up to €50,000 for essential repairs, maintenance or refurbishment
Strand 2 Grants of up to €50,000 for works to improve the facility’s energy rating

The programme was implemented by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The application process was managed online.
221 applications for funding were received online. The applications were appraised by Pobal to find those that most closely and completely met the criteria and objectives of the programme, with particular consideration given to additional supporting material and the level of deprivation of the areas according to the Pobal Haase index*

163 applicants (or 74% of the total

applicants) were successful and Pobal will now proceed to agree contracts with the grantees. Pobal will also provide unsuccessful applicants with information to assist them in understanding the reason for the outcome of their application.
*In simple terms, the Pobal HP Deprivation Index is a method of measuring the relative affluence or disadvantage of a particular geographical area using data compiled from various censuses. A scoring is given to the area based on a national average of zero and ranging from approximately -35 (being the most disadvantaged) to +35 (being the most affluent). In addition to this, percentage data for the area is given under the following categories:

– Population Change
– Age Dependency Ratio
– Lone Parent Ratio
– Primary Education Only
– Third Level Education
– Unemployment Rate (male and female)
– Proportion living in Local Authority Rented Housing

Loughgraney Kids Corner Ltd Kids Corner Flagmount, Caher, Co Clare € 46,000
SPRAOI Miltown Malbay and District Community Ballard Rd, Miltown Malbay, Co.Clare € 36,841
Brigit’s Hearth Raheen Woods Estate, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare € 9,634
Inagh Ark Childcare Inagh, Co Clare € 16,708
Ruan Community Childcare Ruan, Co Clare € 11,635
Obair Community Creche Ennis Road, Newmarket on Fergus, Co Clare € 25,826
Clare Family Resource Centre Watery Road, Ennis, Co. Clare € 23,719
West Clare Early Years Care & Education Services Sunflowers Kildysart, Co. Clare € 1,810
West Clare Early Years Care & Education Services Seahorses Kilkee, Co. Clare € 2,714
West Clare Early Years Care & Education Services Tir Na nÓg Lissycasey, Co. Clare € 5,707
West Clare Early Years Care & Education Services Rí Rá Grace Street, Kilrush,