DCYA Press Release - Increase in Capital Grant Funding for Play and Recreation 2019

Tuesday 19th March 2019

 

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone TD, today announced an increase in funding for children’s play and recreation facilities across Ireland. Every year funding is provided to Local Authorities to fund the development of playgrounds across the country. This year Local Authorities can apply for funding for projects under the Capital Grant Scheme for Play and Recreation for up to €30,000. 

The purpose of the Scheme is to support refurbishment of play and recreation amenities for children and young people. This includes the provision of new equipment, the development of natural play areas and the refurbishment of existing play facilities. One of the criteria under this scheme is that the playground must be accessible to all children.

 “My Department is delighted to announce an increase in funding for 2019 from €250,000 to €450,000 for the refurbishment of existing play facilities,"  said Minister Zappone. "My Department continues to work closely with the Local Authority Play and Recreation Network to agree priorities and criteria for funding allocations.” 

“In 2018, playgrounds across 26 counties were funded by my Department, enhancing and developing inclusive play facilities across the country. I look forward to seeing the results of this funding in the form of upgraded play facilities and play areas which will greatly enhance the lives of children.”

Further information on the fund can be obtained from the Local Authorities.  Successful applications will be supported with an additional 25% funding of the awarded amount from the Local Authority.

 

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DCYA Press Release - Minister Zappone Welcomes Positive Response to the National Childcare Scheme

Monday 11th March 2019

 

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has today welcomed the news of the overwhelmingly positive response to the new National Childcare Scheme, the pathway to quality, affordable, accessible Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare.  

A huge year for childcare in Ireland, a nationwide Communications Campaign is now underway to raise awareness and help both parents and providers to prepare for the National Childcare Scheme’s opening in October. The Scheme's website, www.ncs.gov.ie  went live on Monday 11th of March, and with over 23,000 hits so far is already proving hugely popular. 

The website contains tailored information for families looking to access the Scheme and providers interested in participating, with dedicated parent and provider pages. Information leaflets, detailed booklets and a range of Frequently Asked Questions have been published and are available to download. More resources will be added in the coming weeks, including an Irish language version, instructional videos and how-to guides.   

Initial analytics indicate a relatively even split in gender engagement with the website, which currently stands at 46% female to 54% male, while the age demographic is 60% 18-34 year olds.

Nationwide training sessions on the National Childcare Scheme for service providers begin on the 25th of March, and places can be booked now via the website. There are currently 185 events listed by region with more being added regularly, and over 2000 bookings have already been made.

 

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DCYA Press Release - National Childcare Scheme

Monday 11th March 2019

 

  •  Minister launches the National Childcare Scheme for Ireland
  •  Communications Campaign commences- with new website, information resources for parents and providers, over 12,500 training places for childcare providers and major media campaigns
  •  Additional Transition Support Payment announced for childcare providers 

 

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has today announced the launch of the National Childcare Scheme, the pathway to quality, accessible, affordable Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare in Ireland. 

The Minister also announced a national Communications Campaign for the Scheme to raise awareness and help both parents and providers to prepare for the Scheme’s opening in October.  The campaign includes:

  • The launch of a new website- www.ncs.gov.ie.
  • The publication of a range of information resources, including general information leaflets, detailed booklets and Frequently Asked Questions.  Further resources, such as online videos, ‘how to guides’ and a useful childcare subsidy calculator, will be added in the months ahead
  • A dedicated helpline from April onwards for parents who have queries in relation to the new Scheme
  • A nationwide training programme for providers, providing over 12,500 training places across 600 venues, with webinars and e-learning options also available (available to book via Eventbrite from today)
  • A media campaign in May encouraging parents to get a MyGovID verified account so that they can access the Scheme in the fastest, most user-friendly way
  • A major information campaign in September and October 

An overview of the timeline of key events taking place between March and October 2019 will be available on the new website- www.ncs.gov.ie.   

The Minister was joined at the launch by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D.

 

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DCYA Press Release - Minister Zappone Welcomes Commencement of School Age Childcare Regulations 

Monday 18th February 2019

Regulations requiring the registration of school-age childcare services came into effect today, 18th February 2019.

Childcare services for school-age children must now register with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. School-age childcare services have not, to date, been subject to registration, so this is a significant step forward in ensuring quality school-age childcare.

Services that provide childcare for school-age children only must apply for registration by 18 May 2019 and are encouraged to start this process straightaway. School-age services that are already registered with Tusla as pre-school services must apply for registration by 18 August 2019. New services must apply for registration at least 3 months before opening.

Once registered, school age childcare services will be able to participate in the forthcoming Affordable Childcare Scheme launching in late 2019. This means families availing of these services will be able to access the financial benefits provided by the scheme.

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DCYA Press Release - Minister Zappone announces the streamlining of existing targeted childcare schemes in preparation for the transition to the new Affordable Childcare Scheme in October 2019

Thursday 14th February 2019

The Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCS) will be merged with the Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) scheme once the current programme year comes to an end in August 2019.

  • Funding for parents remains unaffected by move. 
  • All of the other targeted childcare schemes will continue for the full 2019/20 programme year. 
  • An extensive information campaign on the Affordable Childcare Scheme will rollout over the coming months.  

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone has announced that the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCS) will be merged with the Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) scheme once the current programme year comes to an end in August 2019. CCSP, which has been in place since 2016, has identical eligibility criteria, levels of service and band rates as CCS. 

As a first step in transition to the new Affordable Childcare Scheme, from mid-August 2019 all Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) eligible children must be registered for the Community Childcare Subvention Plus (CCSP) scheme. As CCSP has identical eligibility criteria, levels of service and band rates to CCS, this will have no impact on the levels of funding to parents. 

Community childcare providers will be able to register children on the CCSP scheme for the 19/20 programme year up until the roll out of ACS, which will be mid October 2019. Up until the launch all current targeted childcare schemes, with the exception of CCS, which is being merged with CCSP with no loss of support to families, will remain in place for parents, allowing time for families to move over to ACS in a supported manner. Parents whose children have been registered on all the targeted schemes prior to the launch of ACS, can choose to remain on the schemes for the remainder of the programme year or transfer to ACS. 

The move is one of a range of preparations being made for the launch of the Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS) in October 2019. Once fully launched, ACS will replace the government’s targeted childcare schemes with one single scheme to provide financial assistance towards the cost of early learning and care and school age childcare to families in Ireland. 

All the current targeted schemes will cease for the 2020/21 programme year. 

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