30 July 2015
By Bryan Smyth
Cork South Central Fine Gael TD and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer, has said over €400,000 in capital funding for childcare services in Cork will improve quality and facilities. Deputy Buttimer was commenting following the announcement of Capital Grant Funding for Early Years Services by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly, TD.
“This capital funding will help to improve the quality and facilities available in childcare services across Cork. In total over 250 service providers will benefit from this. The positive effects of this €400,000 of funding will be seen across the county.
“Some of the organisations that will particularly benefit from this funding include Maria Assumpta Preschool, Ballyphehane which will receive over €20,000 for painting, flooring and fencing. Ballygarvan Tiny Tots Community Playschool will also receive over €20,000 for the installation of sanitary facilities and related works. Both of these projects are examples of the essential maintenance works that will be delivered by this funding.
“Another example of the improvements that will be made with this funding is upgrading of heating systems. Mahon CDP Creche will get over €4,000 for such work. This will improve the Building Energy Rating (BER) of facilities making it a better environment for both children and staff.
“When parents put their children in the care of early years services they expect the best of care and the best of facilities. This funding will help to improve the quality available and it continues a commitment to helping families access affordable childcare.”