Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (562)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

562. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the estimated first and full year cost of increasing the ECCE capitation grant by 10%; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16343/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

ECCE capitation rates were increased by 7% in September 2018. The table below outlines the first and full year cost of increasing these rates by a further 10%, with effect from September 2019:

 

Current cost of ECCE 

(existing capitation rates)

Total cost with 10% Increase

Increase

First year cost

(Sept – Dec 2019)

€125m

€137.5m

€12.5m

Full year cost

€295.5m

€325m

€29.5m

The above costings are predicated on registrations on the scheme achieving targeted levels in the academic years 2019/20 & 2020/21. These targets are based upon current projections of future uptake on this demand led scheme. Costs in future years may rise as more children avail of the second ECCE year (currently 75% take up).