Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (997)

Kathleen Funchion


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



Meeting the continuing cost of two years of ECCE



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



An increase in allocation for Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate



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



Supporting quality in the sector and improving the sustainability of services



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.