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Early Childhood Care and Education

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 31 May 2022

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Questions (513)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

513. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the first year and full year cost of increasing the ECCE capitation grant by 10%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27916/22]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The ECCE programme runs for 38 weeks each programme year. The capitation rate paid to providers is €69 per child, per week. The programme currently provides 15 hours of free early learning and care per week.

€272.6 m has been allocated to ECCE in 2022. The table below shows the financial impact of increasing the ECCE standard rate by 10% for the period September to December 2022 and the full year cost. 

A 10% increase in ECCE capitation rates would equate to a full year increased cost of €27.2 million.

Capitation Increase

Capitation Rate

Sept 2022 - Dec 2022 Cost (€m)

Increase for Sept-Dec 2022(€m)

Full Year Cost (€m)

Annual Increase (€m)

0%

€69.00

€106 m

n/a

€272.6 m

n/a

10%

€75.90

€116.6 m

€10.6 m

€299.8 m

€27.2 m

These figures are based on the ECCE budgeted amount for 2022 however may be subject to change to allow for the inclusion of Ukrainian children in the ECCE programme.

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