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Childcare providers in Louth to benefit from €162,592 in new funding

Childcare providers in Louth to benefit from €162,592 in new funding

Childcare providers in Louth are set to benefit from new funding of €162,592.

The funding is part of €6.25m in capital funding announced today by Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone.

Early years childcare groups to benefit include Patricia Madden of Tots & Co in Monasterboice (€50,000) and the Holy Family Parish Community Creche Company Limited (€44,721).

There will also be a further €67,871 in funding for school age childcare. Beneficiaries here include Karen Nulty and Siobhan Loughlin Mills of Wheaton Montessori Academy & Creche in Drogheda (€20,000), Maura Englishby of Little Munchkin’s Creche in Collon (€19,500), Women’s Aid Dundalk (€16,083) and Claire Callaghan of Philipstown Early Childcare (€12,333).

Welcoming the news, local TD Fergus O’Dowd said the funds would lead to the creation of additional childcare places in Louth.

He said: “This funding will lead to additional places for children aged 0-3 years, as well as new school age childcare places, locally.

“This investment is a welcome boost for parents in the county and another step towards nationwide affordable childcare provision, something that Fine Gael has prioritised.

“Affordable and accessible childcare is something that the Fine Gael-led Government has been striving to achieve.

“Our Independent colleague, Minister Zappone, has been driving improvements in the childcare sector and will continue to do so.

“Parents and children deserve access to high-quality, affordable childcare that will allow families to choose the type of work and home-life that best suits their needs.

“The funding decisions have been made following a competitive application process and I would like to congratulate the providers who have been successful,” said Deputy O’Dowd.