Written Answers. - Child Care Support.

Frances Fitzgerald


933 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of applications received by his Department to date for child care support; the numbers that have been completed to date; the amount distributed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20441/00]

I presume the Deputy is referring to my Department's Equal Opportunities Child Care Programme, 2000 to 2006. Child Care was identified as a priority area for investment in the National Development Plan, 2000 to 2006 which provides £250 million to my Department's equal opportunities child care programme. The funding is being invested in the following child care measures: capital grants to community groups and not-for-profit organisations for building, renovating and upgrading child care facilities; staffing grants for the community based child care services; capital grants for self-employed child care providers catering for not more than 20 children at any one time; grants towards the development of local childcare networks; support for local training models to assist in the enhancement of quality childcare provision; supports to enhance the development of the national voluntary child care organisations and support for innovative projects identified over the course of the national development plan.

On 28 April 2000 I launched the capital and staffing grant measures. Since then my Department has received 290 applications for funding. I have approved 94 grants to the total value of £8.34 million. This includes £5,537,629 paid over three years for staffing grants for community based child care services.

Question No. 934 taken with Question No. 925.