• Postive annoucement in Budget 2014 re investment in Childcare Sector

    Posted on October 16, 2013 by in News Updates

    The following changes were announced in yesterdays budget:

    • Reforming Child Protection – Additional funding of €6.7 million in 2014 to support reform of child welfare and protection services;
    • Implementing the Pre-School Quality Agenda – funding of €4.5 million to:Tacking Child Poverty – Additional €1.5m for implementation of the Area Based Childhood (ABC) programme, a joint initiative between DCYA and Atlantic Philanthropies to improve outcomes for children in disadvantaged communities. Almost €30 million will be spent on this initiative during the period 2013-2016.
      • Recruit additional pre-school inspectors
      • Establish a pre-school mentoring service
      • Support staff training
    • Whole-of-Government support for Children and Families also evident in free GP care for children aged 5 years and under and in maintenance of Child Benefit rates.

    More information can be viewed on DCYA’s website by clicking the link http://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=2999

    WCCC will be hosting briefings in the coming weeks to inform Childcare Providers how these changes will affect your service.  Dates for briefings will be posted on our website after the 7th November.






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