Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (598, 600)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

598. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of ECCE places available; and the number of ECCE eligible children by county in tabular form. [21543/19]

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Anne Rabbitte

Question:

600. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of children on waiting lists for an ECCE place by county in tabular form. [21545/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 598 and 600 together.

Please see the following table which outlines the current Early childhood Care and Education (ECCE) registrations per county:

County

Approved ECCE registrations

Carlow

1,400

Cavan

2,062

Clare

2,684

Cork

14,454

Donegal

3,562

Dublin

29,674

Galway

6,390

Kerry

3,310

Kildare

6,369

Kilkenny

2,395

Laois

2,426

Leitrim

741

Limerick

4,738

Longford

880

Louth

3,172

Mayo

2,973

Meath

5,868

Monaghan

1,367

Offaly

2,021

Roscommon

1,556

Sligo

1,443

Tipperary

3,827

Waterford

2,651

Westmeath

2,682

Wexford

3,986

Wicklow

3,770

Grand Total

116,401

 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.

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

My Department does not currently collect information relating to children who are not registered

for supports under a DCYA programme. However, the estimated number of children expected to enrol on the ECCE Programme for 2019/20 may be of relevance in this context. These estimates are derived using a number of data sources, including population data provided by the CSO and data on school starting age from the Pupil Online Database held by the Department of Education and Skills. It also reflects consistent trends in uptake of the ECCE Programme, which is in the region of 95% of the eligible cohort. It excludes children within the eligible cohort who may choose to enrol on other DCYA funded programmes.

Drawing on previous analysis from the Forward Planning Unit in the Department of Education and Skills on the estimated number of children in each Local Authority that are within the eligible age range for the ECCE programme, the estimated number of children enrolling in ECCE for the 2019/20 programme year in each Local Authority is provided below.

County

No.

Carlow

1,323

Dublin City  

10,973

Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown  

4,316

Fingal

8,570

South Dublin  

7,297

Kildare

5,531

Kilkenny

2,272

Laois

2,061

Longford

980

Louth

3,043

Meath

5,046

Offaly

1,811

West Meath  

2,124

Wexford

3,373

Wicklow

3,257

Clare

2,544

Cork City  

2,181

Cork County  

10,146

Kerry

2,889

Limerick

4,338

Tipperary

3,438

Waterford

2,536

Galway

5,900

Leitrim

711

Mayo

2,647

Roscommon

1,332

Sligo

1,428

Cavan

1,744

Donegal

3,319

Monaghan

1,388

Total

108,518