North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea has welcomed funding of €20,000
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone recently announced a total of €6.25m in capital funding to providers of Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare this summer. Nationally this will lead to an increase of more than 3,600 childcare places for children up to age 15.
Cllr. O’Shea commented: “With regards to Liscarroll, funding has been allocated under Strand C of the programme, which supports the creation of new school age places. This is welcome news and highlights this government’s commitment to early learning and childcare.
“Affordable and accessible childcare is something that the Fine Gael-led Government has been striving to achieve. Our Independent colleague, Minister Zappone, has been driving improvements in the childcare sector and will continue to do so.
“Parents and children deserve access to high-quality, affordable childcare that will allow families to choose the type of work and home-life that best suits their needs,” he said.
Children’s Minister Ms Zappone said: “Quality accessible affordable childcare requires investment. The funding being announced today will translate into over 3,600 new and extra spaces for children up to the age of 15.
“It is another step as we seek to address the decades of under-investment and neglect by successive governments. Overall Government investment in early learning and care has jumped 117% since 2015.”