Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1184)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

1184. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of children on a waiting list for an ECCE place by county. [13272/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

My Department records the breakdown of childcare waiting lists by age cohort rather than by programme. In 2017/18, services reported a total of 173,197 children enrolled in early years services and 9,420 vacant places across Ireland. The table below presents the number of children enrolled and on a waiting list that are approximately within the ECCE eligible age range, as well as the number of vacant places by age cohort. Pre-school children (those aged 3+ to 5 years) represent the largest cohort of children attending childcare services, accounting for 59% of all children enrolled.

Age range

Enrolled

Vacant places

Waiting list

2 years+ to 3 years

18,049

1,232

2,977

3 years+ to 4 years

54,837

2,905

3,927

4 years+ to 5 years

47,454

1,639

1,698

5 years+ to 6 years

14,183

1,196

648

The table below details the breakdown of children enrolled, on a waiting list and the number of vacant places.

County

Enrolled

Vacant places

Carlow

2,057

68

Cavan

3,120

104

Clare

4,280

383

Cork City

4,246

295

Cork County

14,662

1,032

Donegal

6,575

882

Dublin – Dublin City

16,075

581

Dublin – Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

6,357

224

Dublin – Fingal

11,149

450

Dublin – South Dublin

9,294

373

Galway

10,514

620

Kerry

5,625

186

Kildare

8,045

304

Kilkenny

3,944

195

Laois

3,695

298

Leitrim

1,437

74

Limerick

7,805

278

Longford

1,685

59

Louth

4,297

197

Mayo

4,509

331

Meath

6,996

355

Monaghan

3,623

190

Offaly

2,697

225

Roscommon

2,311

98

Sligo

3,144

88

Tipperary

6,662

437

Waterford

4,612

203

Westmeath

3,781

385

Wexford

5,724

281

Wicklow

4,276

224

Total

173,197

9,420

The following revised table was received on 16 May 2019

County

Enrolled

Waiting list

Vacant places

Carlow

2,057

260

68

Cavan

3,120

249

104

Clare

4,280

192

383

Cork City

4,246

510

295

Cork County

14,662

869

1,032

Donegal

6,575

477

882

Dublin – Dublin City

16,075

3,492

581

Dublin – Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

6,357

880

224

Dublin – Fingal

11,149

1,076

450

Dublin – South Dublin

9,294

639

373

Galway

10,514

571

620

Kerry

5,625

269

186

Kildare

8,045

350

304

Kilkenny

3,944

414

195

Laois

3,695

43

298

Leitrim

1,437

63

74

Limerick

7,805

865

278

Longford

1,685

168

59

Louth

4,297

238

197

Mayo

4,509

421

331

Meath

6,996

396

355

Monaghan

3,623

147

190

Offaly

2,697

123

225

Roscommon

2,311

172

98

Sligo

3,144

185

88

Tipperary

6,662

372

437

Waterford

4,612

274

203

Westmeath

3,781

316

385

Wexford

5,724

296

281

Wicklow

4,276

231

224

Total

173,197

14,558

9,420