Louth Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd claims that over €222,000 funding has been allocated to childcare facilities in County Louth
The grants have been allocated to 12 private and community childcare facilities to address remedial/maintenance/renovation work and/or equipment for early education and childcare services.
“Our society relies on a vibrant childcare sector, especially in a commuter county such as Louth. This capital programme represents Government’s commitment to the ongoing development of childcare in the community,” said Minister O’Dowd.
The facilities in Dundalk receiving grants are: Wendy House (e48,500), Ages and Stages Creche (e30,878), Little Partners Creche (e21,240), and Stepping Stones (e185).
In mid-Louth, Tus Maith Montessori will receive e39,200 and Pugwash Bay Annagassan have been granted e4,385. Kool Kidz in Darver will receive e1,239.
This is a national programme and applications were invited from all 4,394 services contracted to Department of Children and Youth Affairs childcare programmes.
The grants are part of capital grant funding to 290 childcare settings announced by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald.
The total amount of funding available was e6 million with an average application for nearly e27,000 being sought.
The investment is being directed with the aim of making the greatest impact possible by addressing the most urgent
works and supporting the quality of services making the greatest impact for disadvantaged children and communities.