Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (997)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

997. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the breakdown of funding announced in budget 2020 (details supplied); the amount allocated to each stream; the way in which funding for each stream is to be dispensed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44754/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

An additional €54m of funding has been allocated to Early Years policies and programmes in Estimates 2020. This represents a year-on-year increase of 9%, and a total growth of the Early Years allocation of c. 138% since 2014.

This significant investment of public money will support the provision of affordable, accessible and quality ELC & SAC in Ireland. It has been allocated to the purposes specified as follows:

Area of Expenditure

2020 Allocation

Change to allocation

The introduction of the NCS; and an increased level of uptake for both the universal under 3 subsidy and targeted subsidies to families

€197.2m

+€40m

Meeting the continuing cost of two years of ECCE

€297m

-€1.1m[1]

Increased funding for beneficiary elements of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

€31.4m

+€10m

An increase in allocation for Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate

€5.1m

+€0.7m

Meeting additional costs associated with delivery of the schemes and the implementation of First 5

€50.5m

+€5.6m

Supporting quality in the sector and improving the sustainability of services

€14.4m

+€2.5m

Increases to these allocations captured in the table above were offset by savings identified across Early Years Subheads of c. €3.7m.

[1] This allocation Reflects the slightly lower number of children who will be eligible for ECCE in 2020 due to the decreasing birth rate.