Tuesday, 15th July 2014
- €273,649 Early Years Capital Funding for 20 community childcare facilities in Cork.
- €2.5 million in capital funding has been allocated nationally.
Community childcare facilities provide vital supports and services for families and on-going capital funding is essential to ensuring that they are provided in appropriate and safe facilities. I am delighted that childcare facilities in Blackrock, Carrigaline, Mahon and Turners Cross will benefit from this funding.
Beginnings Creche at Mahon family Resource Centre will receive €13,429 and Scoil Ursula Preschool, Blackrock will get €4,880. In Carrigaline An Naíonra Charraig Uí Leighin will receive €5,516 and Turner’s Cross Community Playgroup will get €7,152. These grants will allow each facility to carry our essential repairs, maintenance or refurbishment. This will provide a welcome improvement to the facilities, ultimately benefitting the children and families that use the important services delivered at community facilities.
Providing access to community facilities must be central to reducing the cost of childcare and increasing availability of spaces. There are a number of very significant initiatives already underway to help with this and to deliver on the Early Years Quality Agenda. Government already provides annual funding of €260 million to support a number of targeted child care support programmes that assist parents in accessing quality and affordable child care. The funding announced today, together with these initiatives, are signs of much needed progress in the enabling families to access childcare.
20 March 2014
- Forty seven Cork schools included in the Department of Education Summer Works Scheme 2014.
- Scheme which includes 386 projects nationally and will benefit almost 100,000 students.
I am pleased to welcome that seven schools in Cork South Central will get to carry out either mechanical or electrical work this coming summer. The schools approved for the scheme include four primary and three post primary schools. In total more than 2,600 students in Cork South Central will return to school in September 2014 with improved facilities as a result of this scheme.
In Douglas St Columba’s National School with facility for deaf children will now be able to undertake mechanical works. St John’s Girls National School in Carrigaline will now be able to carry out electrical works. In the city both Greenmount and St Mary’s of the Isle have been approved for works under the scheme.
At secondary level Coláiste Chríost Rí has been included and so has St Peter’s Community School in Passage West. The other school that will benefit is Coláiste Daibhéid on South Terrace.
The Summer Works Scheme is important for many schools as it helps them carry out much needed maintenance and repairs. I welcome the inclusion of forty seven Cork Schools in the 2014 scheme, this will benefit almost 12,000 students across the county.