Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ceisteanna (206)

Joan Burton

Ceist:

206. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of creches in the early childhood care and education, ECCE, scheme, by county; if her attention has been drawn to the number of creches by county that refused to join the scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10331/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

Below are the services with contracts issued under Early Childhood Care and Education scheme (ECCE) in 2017/18 listed by county:

County

Services in Contact

Carlow

50

Cavan

60

Clare

130

Cork

442

Donegal

141

Dublin

1111

Galway

252

Kerry

126

Kildare

194

Kilkenny

95

Laois

77

Leitrim

29

Limerick

173

Longford

33

Louth

112

Mayo

120

Meath

198

Monaghan

57

Offaly

72

Roscommon

54

Sligo

65

Tipperary

157

Waterford

90

Westmeath

77

Wexford

134

Wicklow

162

Grand Total

4211

The total number of service providers that have signed up to deliver the ECCE scheme is 4211. There is no obligation on service providers to join the scheme and my Department does not record statistics on the services that decide not to join. It should also be noted that some services may not be eligible to provide ECCE, (eg. an afterschool only service) while other services may opt to provide one of the other childcare subvention schemes only.  

I would advise any service provider with queries about the ECCE scheme to contact their local City and County Childcare Committee for further information.