• Early Years Services in Co. Wicklow receive capital grant funding from the Dept. of Children & Youth Affairs

    Posted on July 30, 2015 by in News Updates

    Thursday 30th July 2015

    dcya logo largeMinister James Reilly has today announced that almost €7 million in capital funding has been allocated through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to 2,415 grantees nationwide.

    €5 million of the grant funding was made available specifically for community/not for profit childcare services while the other €2 million was made available to both private and community/not for profit childcare facilities to access grants for quality improvement measures, specifically in the area of upgrading IT facilities.

    The grants awarded will provide:

    – 10 services with large scale capital funding for relocation or major refurbishment;
    – 203 services with grants for medium scale essential maintenance, quality improvement and sustainability works to improve the Building Energy Rating (BER) of facilities; and
    – 2,202 services with grants toward the upgrade of ICT equipment.

    Minister Reilly stated,

    “I am delighted that the €7 million secured in funding as part of Budget 2015 is now in the process of being distributed to childcare services, in support of this vital sector. This capital programme represents our commitment as a Government, to the ongoing development of the childcare sector.”

    This national programme invited applications from all services contracted to deliver Department of Children and Youth Affairs childcare programmes. All submitted applications were considered in order to find those that most closely and completely met the criteria and objectives of the programme.

    Strands 1, 2 & 3 of the programme were oversubscribed and extremely competitive. Applications that were successful were those that represented the most complete, coherent, precise and compelling cases for funding. The investment is being directed, to the best extent possible, to making the greatest impact by addressing the most urgent works and supporting the quality of services making the greatest impact for disadvantaged children and communities.

    Minister Reilly commented

    “I would like to thank all of those who took the time to apply for funding under this programme for the great work they do with our children and young people, and also to thank Pobal for their significant effort in managing the very large volume of applications efficiently and effectively. This programme of works takes place alongside the very significant work currently being undertaken by my Department to deliver on the Early Years Quality Agenda. The quality agenda is receiving priority attention in my Department and provides an overdue recognition of the importance of promoting quality in early years services”

    WCCC logoThe following Early Years Services in Co. Wicklow were awarded funding under the grant initiative:

    Early Years Service Name Grant Approved
    Absolute Beginners Creche & Montessori €500
    Acorns Playschool €500
    Acorns Playschool €500
    Aislings Playschool €500
    An Naionra, c/o Gaelscoil Ui Cheadaigh €500
    An Scoil Bheag €499
    Ark Community Playgroup €465
    Ark Community Playgroup €18,374
    Ashford Montessori School €500
    Ashvale Creche €466
    Attracta’s Pre-school & Montessori €500
    Avalon Montessori €500
    Avoca Community Playgroup €500
    Avoca Montessori School €500
    Avoca Montessori School €499
    Ballyflanigan Montessori Pre-School and Toddler Group €497
    Bellevue Creche & Playgroup €490
    Bellevue Montessori €500
    Belmont Montessori €500
    Blackberry Academy €500
    Blath Na Hoige Montessori School €500
    Bray Family Resource & Development Centre Ltd. €450
    Bray Family Resource & Development Centre Ltd. €10,251
    Budding Tots €500
    Building Blocks Montessori Preschool €500
    Busy Fingers Pre-school €500
    Carrigeen Montessori Pre-school €500
    Charlesland Grove Montessori €500
    Charlesland Park Montessori €500
    Charlesland Park Nursery €500
    Clare Elizabeth Creche €500
    Clever Bears Preschool €500
    Cocoon Childcare – Blessington €500
    Coillte Academy Preschool €463
    Corlin Childcare Ltd. €500
    Cosy Kids €498
    Cuala Montessori €500
    Deepdales Montessori €500
    Dee’s Montessori/ Busy Bee Montessori Preschool €500
    Dunlavin Community Preschool €14,755
    Early Days €480
    Early Days Montessori €500
    Earth Angels €500
    Enniskerry Montessori School €500
    First Steps €450
    Flynnstones Playschool & Montessori €500
    Footprints Montessori Preschool €500
    Forever Friends Pre-school €500
    Frances’ Little Flowers €499
    Fun Dayz €499
    Greenbriar Montessori €499
    Greystones Montessori €500
    Head Start Preschool & Montessori €500
    Hollyoaks Montessori €500
    Home from Home Creche €500
    Honeycomb Montessori €500
    Jellybeans €500
    Jellytots Preschool €459
    Jenny’s Pre-School €475
    Kangakare Ltd. €500
    Kilmacanogue Playgroup Ltd. €500
    Knockeevin Montessori School €500
    Knockeevin Montessori School €500
    Little Bo-Peep Playgroup €475
    Little Dinos Preschool €500
    Little Explorers Childcare €500
    Little Feet Creche & Pre-School €500
    Little Green Giants Ltd. €499
    Little Harvard Creche & Montessori €486
    Little Harvard Creche & Montessori €500
    Little Haven Preschool €500
    Little Ladybirds €500
    Little Monkeys Playschool €499
    Little Munchkins Pre-School €500
    Little Poppets Creche & Montessori €500
    Little Rascals Playschool €500
    Little Red Hen Playschool €500
    Little Rose Montessori School €500
    Little Treasure Playgroup €500
    Manor Kilbride Montessori €500
    Marian Centre €485
    Marian Centre (Ballywaltrim) €485
    Marian Centre (Ballywaltrim) €19,635
    Mini Hands Montessori €300
    Mother Goose Montessori €500
    Naionra Chill Mhantain €500
    Naionra Lacain €500
    Naionra na gCloch Liath €500
    Naíonra Phadraig na gCloch Liath €500
    Newcastle Community Playgroup €500
    Newtownmountkennedy Community Playgroup Ltd. €500
    Orahova Montessori €500
    Pixies Creche & pre-School €500
    Poppins Creche €500
    Postman Pats €489
    Rainbows Preschool €500
    Rainbows Preschool / Montessori €500
    Realtai Beaga €414
    Redcross Montessori Pre-School €500
    Roundwood Community Preschool €500
    Roundwood Montessori Pre-school €490
    Sakura Montessori & Creche €500
    Saran Wood Creche & Montessori €499
    Scallywags Childcare €500
    Small Talk Playschool €500
    Smarties Preschool €500
    Smiley Sunflowers Preschool €500
    St. Fergals Resource Centre €450
    Stepping Stones Preschool €499
    Stratford Scallywags €500
    Sunflower Montessori €499
    The Cave Creative Arts Venture €500
    The Little Farm Preschool €500
    The Park Academy Eden Gate €499
    The Schoolhouse Pre-School €500
    The Village Montessori €489
    Tinahely Community Playgroup €500
    Tinkerbell Ltd. €500
    Tiny Tots €500
    Tippys Pre-School Playgroup Ltd. €500
    Tír na nÓg €500
    Topsy Turvy €475
    Treasures Montessori €500
    Treetops Daycare & After School Club €500
    Twinklers Montessori School €500
    Valleymount Community Playgroup €500
    Westfield Montessori School €500
    Wicklow Family Learning Pre-School Programme €500
    Wicklow Montessori School €500
    Wonder Years Childcare €490
    Zebedees Montessori Preschool €498

    Note:
    Applications for grants were invited under four funding strands:

    Community Based Services Only:

    Strand 1: Large Scale Capital funding Relocation/Major Refurbishment of early years services. Grants in the region of €500,000.

    Strand 2: Essential Maintenance of early years services for medium scale works. Grants up to a maximum of €50,000.

    Strand 3: Quality Improvement & Sustainability for early years services for medium scale works to improve the Building Energy Rating (BER) of facilities. Grants up to a maximum of €50,000.

    Private and Community-based Services:

    Strand 4: Quality Improvement. Grants up to a maximum of €500 for the upgrade of ICT equipment.

    The programme was implemented by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The application process was managed online.

    2,621 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.

    2,415 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.

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