€75m funding package will ensure childcare providers

download (1).jpgThe Government has said a €75m funding package will ensure childcare providers will not have to charge higher fees than they did pre-Covid-19.

It is to provide a once-off reopening grant for childcare facilities of €18m which are opening either at the end of July or late August.

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the grant would help providers deal with additional staffing costs, training, learning resources, and purchase of hygiene products.

There is a further €14.2m once-off capital grant, which is to assist childcare facilities adhere to reopening guidelines by improving hygiene facilities and outdoor play areas.

This includes outdoor play equipment; outdoor shade and shelter; as well as additional handwashing and toilet facilities and partitions or room dividers.

The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme will also continue for childcare services, which reopen on 29 June, until the end of August, at a cost of €32.8m.

This, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs says, will provide an 85% (or 70% for higher incomes) contribution towards the cost of wages.

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