Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (575)

Paul Murphy

Ceist:

575. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount spent each year on subsidies for private childcare services. [47208/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

There are approximately 4500 early learning and care and school age childcare services registered with Tusla, the Early Years Regulator. The vast majority of these are contracted to provide various government schemes which offer subsidies. or free early learning and care, to children. All these services are private, however approximately 25% are not for profit.

In 2018, DCYA provided a total of €410,542,000 in subsidies or capitation payments to these services. This is broken down as €275,626,000 for ECCE and €134,916,000 for targeted.

The final figures for 2019 will be available in Quarter 1 of next year. However, as of the end of October 2019, my Department has provided a total of €398,202,000 in subsidies to early learning and care and school age childcare services. This is broken down as €264,900,000 for ECCE and €133,302,000 for targeted.