€665,000 Awarded to Donegal Childcare Services

Donegal County Childcare is delighted at the success of Donegal Early Childhood Services in the announcements under the Childcare Capital Programme 2012.

Donegal County Childcare is delighted at the success of Donegal Early Childhood Services in the announcements under the Childcare Capital Programme 2012.

Out of a total of 2,343 applications submitted nationally, 23 Donegal Early Childhood Services were successful in obtaining funding totaling €665,000.

Only 290 childcare services nationally have been approved for a share of the €6m fund. Nationally, Donegal, Dublin and Cork had the largest numbers of approvals and 75% of the funding approved was for renovation and maintenance works.

In the Donegal and Glenties area successful groups include (all figures in euros): Little Angels Montessori, Mountcharles (8,699), Child’s Play Pre-school, Mountcharles (23,777), Bundoran Community Childcare (9,704), Naíonra Ghlenn Cholm Cille (2,591) and Saimer Community Childcare, Ballyshannon (5,470), Naíonra Anagaire, Anagaire (42,735), Naíonra Chnoc Fola, Doire Beaga (47,100), Naíonra Loch an Lúir (42,676), Slí an Eolais, Dungloe (24,900), Glenties Community Playgroup (22,900).

In the Inis Eoghain region successful services are Children’s Point Childcare, Quigley’s Point (23,154), Cockhill Community Pre-school, Buncrana (50,000), and Desertegney Community Playgroup, Buncrana (48,521), First Steps Childminding Service, Inch Island (24,876), Quigley’s Point Community Centre Playgroup (15,758), Naíonra Buncrana (47,995).

In the Milford and Letterkenny are successful services are Fairytales Daycare, Milford (46,682), Milford Community Playgroup (19,860), Errigal Montessori School/ Creche, Letterkenny (18,055), Doorway Community Playgroup, Letterkenny (44,200), Doorway Project, Letterkenny (37,380), Manorcunningham Community Childcare (36,444), Stepping Stones Playgroup, St. Johnston (21,500).

Avril Sweeney, Manager of Donegal County Childcare is delighted with the success of Donegal Childcare Services. Avril commented: “This fund was so heavily oversubscribed and the process was so competitive that we were not overly hopeful about getting a significant amount of money into the county. These childcare services are now in a position to make significant improvements to their services and we are particularly delighted for those services that have been awarded funding for outdoor play spaces – this is an issue we have been promoting for some time now.”

This funding programme has been the first significant funding available to childcare services since the termination of the National Childcare Investment Programme capital strand in 2008.

Avril commented that the huge response to the programme where total applications exceeded €62m for a €6m fund and where over 2,000 applications had to be declined; clearly demonstrates an ongoing need for investment in the childcare infrastructure.

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