Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1185)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

1185. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of ECCE places by county, in tabular form. [13273/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

My Department records the breakdown of childcare places 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 Early Childhood Care and Education (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 across all age groups.

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 below table represents the number of ECCE registrations by county for the current programme year 2018-19.

County Division

Registrations

Cork City

2,415

County Carlow

1,267

County Cavan

1,883

County Clare

2,454

County Cork

10,539

County Donegal

3,220

County Galway

4,528

County Kerry

2,900

County Kildare

5,823

County Kilkenny

2,108

County Laois

2,137

County Leitrim

688

County Limerick

3,466

County Longford

802

County Louth

2,868

County Mayo

2,775

County Meath

5,308

County Monaghan

1,251

County Offaly

1,809

County Roscommon

1,360

County Sligo

1,323

County Tipperary

695

County Waterford

1,489

County Westmeath

2,232

County Wexford

3,528

County Wicklow

3,489

Dublin City

8,737

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

4,380

Fingal

7,652

Galway City

1,288

Limerick City

804

North Tipperary

1,177

South Dublin

6,179

South Tipperary

1,598

Waterford City

963

Grand Total

105,135