Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (844)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

844. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount of current and capital funding provided by her Department to professional associations of child minders, crèches, montessoris or other organisations over each of the past six years by organisation in tabular form. [30708/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

During the 2000s, when major capital investment was underway, there were concerns as to how quality could be incorporated into childcare services. In that manner, it was decided by my Department to fund a small number of National Voluntary Childcare Organisations (NVCOs) whose members consisted of childcare providers who had the ability to provide quality support within the sector. My Department currently provides funding through Pobal to seven NVCOs who provide support to and represent 4,500 early education and childcare service providers.

The supports provided by NVCOs include professional development training, information and mentoring on quality practice, guidance on national childcare funding programmes, and informing policy to improve standards in the early learning and care sector.

Since 2013 my Department has provided the following funding to these organisations:

VCO

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Barnardos

553,000

549,698

551,692

553,000

553,000

553,000

Border Counties Childcare Network*

252,000

290,000

240,000

EECE and Play Early Childhood Ireland

1,229,999

1,978,200

1,246,311

1,190,000

1,229,500

1,190,000

Forbairt Naionra Teo

210,543

168,700

142,032

Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association

49,412

49,489

50,000

49,992

50,800

50,402

National Childhood Network

240,000

240,000

362,500

National Childminding Association of Ireland

335,372

340,000

340,000

340,000

335,305

340,000

National Parents Council of Ireland - Primary

28,572

61,500

St Nicholas Montessori Society

69,000

69,000

65,250

68,921

69,000

69,000

*Border Counties Childcare Network are now the National Childhood Network.