Government funding of €4m is being provided to improve childcare services for children of school going age and make life easier for parents and families.
The first two strands of this funding announced will help create over 5,000 extra childcare places in 225 school age childcare services nationwide. The extra spaces will further increase capacity ahead of new childcare supports which will benefit up to 70,000 children from September.
Cork based Senator, Tim Lombard, said; “this funding is one or a raft of new measures to make thing easier for parents here.
“We are determined to reach out to parents and inform them of the supports that will be available to them from this September.
“The funding announced for School Aged Childcare services, totalling €168,337 here in Cork, will be used for the establishment of new SAC services as well as the expansion of existing services.
“As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone has said, this is the first step but there is still much work to done in this area. I am assured that the Minister is focused on quality of childcare, accessibility and also recognition for the workers who provide services.
“I strongly encourage all parents everyone with children in childcare to visit – affordablechildcare.ie – to see the supports available to their family.”
Speaking at the launch of the new funding, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said:
“Everyone should have the chance to access employment and education. Childcare can often be a barrier to this, whereas it should be a bridge to opportunity for parents, their children and our economy.
“These new subsidies will create greater parental choice and financial support for families so they can achieve their full potential. I’m delighted that investment made this year will help families begin to feel a difference in their pockets from September.”