The majority of the funding allocations received in Clare relate to quality improvement measures, specifically in the area of upgrading IT facilities.
Bridge Kids in Sixmilebridge, which is operated by Sixmilebridge and District Community Complex Society, has received the largest grant. The Shannon Road-based service provider has been allocated €20,395 for exterior improvement works including the painting of the exterior of the building.
Obair Community Crèche in Newmarket-on-Fergus meanwhile, has received €12,208 towards the construction of a wheelchair ramp, replacement of play area surface, sinks and ventilation.
A further 92 childcare service providers, both community/not-for-profit and private, have received grant aid of up to €500 for the upgrading of IT equipment.
Clare Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy said: “This funding will be distributed to 94 childcare services, in support of this vital sector in Clare. Government funding of the pre-school sector is continuing to support parents’ participation in the workforce, and provides children with the best possible start to their education.”
“This funding announcement follows last week’s proposals for strategic investment in childcare which aims to improve affordability, quality and accessibility for parents and children across Ireland,” added Senator Mulcahy.