Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (587)

Alan Kelly

Ceist:

587. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of childcare service providers that closed their services in 2018 and to date in 2019, or have indicated that they are not reopening in September 2019; the number of childcare places which will be lost due to these facilities closing by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8137/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

In order to best answer the Deputy's question, and to provide a context, my Department looked at both the number of early years services that closed over 2018 and to date in 2019 and the number of new services that opened for business in the same period. The following tables outline the number of service provider closures or those who have signalled their intention to close in 2019 notified to Pobal, and the number of service provider closures notified to Pobal in 2018. Accompanying this is a count of all children still enrolled at the services on the date of closure. The majority (66%) of the services had zero children enrolled at the date of closure.

2019 Closures: Year to date

County

Services

Children Enrolled

Donegal

1

0

2019 Closure Notifications

County

Services

Children Enrolled

Cork

1

0

Dublin

2

24

Grand Total

3

24

2018 Closure Notifications

County

Services

No of Children Enrolled

Carlow

1

0

Clare

2

1

Cork

13

74

Donegal

3

11

Dublin

15

56

Galway

9

0

Kerry

3

0

Kildare

4

37

Kilkenny

1

0

Laois

2

0

Limerick

1

0

Louth

4

1

Mayo

2

32

Meath

5

75

Tipperary

5

43

Wexford

4

1

Wicklow

4

20

Grand Total

78

351

It is important to mention that during this same time, 153 new services opened in 2018, providing childcare places for 2593 children and a total of 8 have opened so far in 2019 with childcare places yet to register. It is evident from these figures that new services exceed the services that closed.

Please see the following tables for a county breakdown of new services.

2019 New Services Registered

County

New Services

No. of Children Enrolled

Cavan

2

0

Cork

2

0

Donegal

1

0

Dublin

1

0

Kilkenny

1

0

Mayo

1

0

Roscommon

1

0

Wexford

1

0

Grand Total

8

0

2018 New Services Registered

County

New Services

No. of Children Enrolled

Cavan

2

12

Clare

6

51

Cork

16

230

Donegal

6

353

Dublin

40

616

Galway

10

185

Kerry

2

3

Kildare

4

35

Kilkenny

2

57

Laois

6

175

Leitrim

3

47

Limerick

9

156

Longford

2

39

Louth

5

87

Mayo

8

9

Meath

4

67

Roscommon

1

18

Sligo

4

21

Tipperary

8

111

Waterford

4

124

Westmeath

1

15

Wexford

4

51

Wicklow

6

49

Grand Total

153

2,593

My Department has secured €6.1 million in capital funding for early learning and care and school age capital programmes in 2019. The focus of this funding is to continue the expansion of early learning and care places for 0-3 year olds and school age childcare places where this is most needed.