Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (571, 572)

Shane Cassells

Ceist:

571. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the additional allocation of €1.5milllion provided in budget 2020 for early years supports; and the areas to which the funding will be directed in tabular form. [47125/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Shane Cassells

Ceist:

572. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the budget for the early years services supports; and the types of supports and associated cost with same in tabular form. [47126/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 571 and 572 together.

I am not familiar with the specific €1.5m increase that the Deputy has referred to. On Budget day I announced that €2.6m of additional funding had been secured to promote quality and support the delivery of the Early Years Learning and School Aged Childcare programmes.

This additional €2.6m was allocated to the following areas:

Description

2019Allocation€m

2020 Allocation€m

2020 Change in allocation€m

Better Start Early Years Specialists

€7.9

€9.7

€1.8

CCC Administration

€11.3

€11.8

€0.5

Childminding Initiatives

€0.5

€0.9

€0.4

Workforce Development

€0.0

€0.2

€0.2

Public Consultations (Consultation costs now captured at Subhead level)

€0.1

€0.0

-€0.1

Delivery Supports (Reduction in relation to once-off expenditure in 2019)

€0.3

€0.1

-€0.2

Totals

€20.1

€22.7

€2.6