16 July

Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry

 Tuesday, 15

 h July 2014

€179,034  for 10 Kerry childcare facilities – Griffin

IT has been confirmed to Kerry Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, that almost €180,000 in funding from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs will be awarded to 10 childcare facilities in Kerry through the 2014 Early Years Capital programme.

“€179,034 has been awarded to 10 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.

 Buddies Crèche & Childcare Centre, Ballyduff and Valentia Island Resource & Childcare Centre will each receive over €48,500. Killorglin Family Resource Centre will receive over €18,222 while Ballyspillane Childcare Service and Danú Childcare Rathmore will each receive just over €17,500. Camp Community Childcare Centre will receive €16,681 and Tír Na NÓg Community Childcare Centre, Ballybunion, will receive €15,690.

 Cumann Iosaef, Balloonagh, Tralee, Little Acorns, Kilgarvan and Dromid Childcare Centre will share a further €6,000.

Deputy Griffin said:

 “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 Kerry.

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

ENDS

 Further info from Brendan on 087 6528841

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

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