Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (303)

Sean Fleming


306 Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if a community child care subvention scheme or the new community child care subvention scheme will be approved for a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35553/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs)

The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme provides funding to community child care not-for-profit services to enable them to charge reduced child care rates to low income and disadvantaged families. Community child care services qualify for grant aid on the basis of the level of service they provide and the profile of the parents benefiting from their service. Because of the current budgetary situation no new places are available to service providers seeking to enter this programme in 2012. However, in exceptional circumstances where a participating service closes or opts out of the programme, a new applicant may be considered to take up the vacated place in the programme if they are in a position to meet the child care need arising.