Written Answers. - Child Care Provision.

Thursday, 8 February 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 530 No. 2

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  121.  Mr. N. Ahern  Information on Noel Ahern  Zoom on Noel Ahern   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on John O'Donoghue  Zoom on John O'Donoghue   the various child care groups which have received grants under the equal opportunity scheme in the past two to three years in the Dublin north west area; the number of children each group looks after or plans to look after; whether each grant was a capital grant or for staffing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3386/01]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue): Information on John O'Donoghue  Zoom on John O'Donoghue  My Department operates the equal opportunities childcare programme and has responsibility for £250 million being provided for childcare under the National Development Plan 2000-2006. My Department has also been allocated by the Government a further £26.5 million as part of an additional £40 million package for childcare. The objectives of this funding are to maintain and increase the number of childcare places available, to improve the quality of childcare provision and to ensure the co-ordination of childcare service provision on a local and national basis.

Up to the end of December 2000, over the past three years in the Dublin north west constituency, I have approved funding to 13 childcare groups. The total amount committed by my Department to these groups is almost £1.69 million.

To date under the equal opportunities childcare programme in the National Development Plan 2000-2006, in Dublin north west over 90 new childcare places will be created and the continuance of over 450 existing places will be assured. This funding will also lead to improvements in quality and, in some cases, allow childcare providers extend their opening hours.

The Deputy has requested a list of the childcare groups in Dublin north west which have [433] received grant aid under my Department's equal opportunities childcare programme over the past [434] three years. These details are outlined in Table 1 as follows in respect of the current programme.

Group Name Address Grant Type Current Childcare Places Future Childcare Places
Ballymun Women's
Resource Centre
11 Sillogue Road
Ballymun
Dublin 11
Staffing 23 40
Born Free Limited Workspace 2000
St. Margaret's
Industrial Estate
Dublin 11
Staffing 12 12
Fingal ICTU Centre for the Unemployed Unit 7 Main Street
Dublin 11
Staffing and Capital 46 46
Finglas Childcare Centre 5c Main Street
Finglas Village
Dublin 11
Staffing 26 36
Finglas Community
Playgroup
Assoc.
15 Cappagh Drive
Finglas West
Dublin 11
Capital 200 200
St. Joseph's Training Centre Barry Road
Finglas
Dublin 11
Staffing 20 22
St. Finbar's Playschool Kilkieran Road
Cabra
Dublin 7
Staffing 48 60
Ballymun East Community
Centre
c/o 2 Shangan Green
Santry Avenue
Dublin 9
Staffing 80 100
Community and Family
Training Agency Ltd
27 Shangan Road
Ballymun
Dublin 9
Staffing 15 sessional 15 full time
Tobar Na Feile Coultry Road
Ballymun
Dublin 9
Staffing 0 32

Details of funding prior to the National Development Plan are listed in Table 2 below.

Group Name Address Grant Type
Ballymun Women's Resource Centre 2, 10, 11 Sillogue Road
Ballymun
Dublin
Capital
Ballymun Women's Resource Centre 2, 10, 11 Sillogue Road
Ballymun
Dublin
Training and Development
Ballymun Partnership North Mall
Ballymun Town Centre
Dublin 11
Training, Development and Employment of Childcare Co-ordinator
Fingal ICTU Centre For The Unemployed Unit 7, Main Street
Finglas
Dublin 11
Capital
Fingal ICTU Centre For The Unemployed Unit 7, Main Street
Finglas
Dublin 11
Community Support
Fingal ICTU Centre For The Unemployed Unit 7, Main Street
Finglas
Dublin 11
Training and Development
Finglas Childcare Centre 1/2A Church Street
Finglas Village
Dublin 11
Capital
Finglas Childcare Centre 1/2A Church Street
Finglas Village
Dublin 11
Training and Development
Finglas Community Playgroups Association Little Sisters of the Assumption
Patrickswell Place,
Finglas West
Dublin 11
Capital
[435] Group Name Address Grant Type
Finglas Community Playgroups Association Little Sisters of the Assumption
Patrickswell Place,
Finglas West
Dublin 11
Training and Development
Finglas/Cabra Partnership Rosehill House
Finglas Road
Dublin 11
Training, Development and Employment of Childcare Development Worker
St Joseph's Training Centre Barry Road
Finglas West
Dublin 11
Capital
St Joseph's Training Centre Barry Road
Finglas West
Dublin 11
Training and Development
Cabra Childcare Support Group St Finbar's National School
Kilkieran Road
Cabra West
Dublin 7
Capital
Cabra Childcare Support Group St Finbar's National School,
Kilkieran Road
Cabra West
Dublin 7
Training and Development


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