Grants of Up to €10,000 Each Announced for Pre-School Providers

See the list of successful applicants below.
See the list of successful applicants below.

Dr. Katherine Zappone, TD has today announced that more than €6.5m in capital funding has been allocated through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to 1,006 pre-school providers nationwide.

This represents an increase of over €2.5m on the amount of €4m announced for this programme in February 2016. Grants of up to €10,000 per provider are being provided.
Deputy Michael Healy Rae welcomes the announcement today that €6.5m has been allocated to 1006 pre school providers nationwide with 37 of them in Co Kerry receiving almost €250,000 of the allocation

Pre-School Providers
The funding being made available today is specifically for pre-school providers – both community/not-for-profit and private providers – who want to expand their services to cater for more children from September 2016.
“The grants that are being awarded may be used to cover the following: Build / fit out / refurbishment of an additional room /extension; Minor building alterations and costs for additional play equipment to a maximum of €5,000 to facilitate an increase in childcare places,” said Deputy Healy Rae.

Michael Healy Rae, TD - delighted for the applicants who received funding.  ©Photograph: John Reidy 22-11-2014
Michael Healy Rae, TD – delighted for the applicants who received funding. ©Photograph: John Reidy 22-11-2014

Invited Applications
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, with the assistance of Pobal, invited applications from all services contracted to deliver its various childcare programmes.

All submitted applications were considered in order to find those that most closely and completely met the criteria and objectives of the programme.

“This announcement is great news for the Pre School Providers in Kerry who play a vital part in our communities,” said Mr. Healy Rae.

The list of recipients is as follows:

Naionra Gaelscoil Aogáin Teo, €6,707.60.

Alphabet Academy €8,612.07

Dromtacker Creche €9,985.45

Stepping Stones €4,960.04

Little Stars Childcare Centre €5,000.00

Raheen Community Playgroup €4,998.73

Milltown Childcare Centre €9,761.00


Montessori House of Children €10,000.00

Feileacan Preschool, €4,999.92

Oakview Village Childcare, €7,184.00

Creative Kids Preschool, €2,530.74

Tír na nÓg Community Childcare, €9,650.00

Budding Explorers, €10,000.00

Bright Sparks Montessori, €10,000.00

Little Voyagers Childcare, €10,000.00

Camp Community Childcare €10,000.00

Puffins Childcare, €5,000.00

Cahereen Heights Childcare €5,000.00

Feale Childcare Ltd. €4,553.94

Danu Childcare €9,850.00

Little Chicks Preschool, €3,177.19

Sunflowers Childcare, €4,463.00

Bright Beginnings €4,557.67

Killorglin Community Childcare Centre €4,856.26

Currow Playschool €10,000.00

Happy Hearts Montessori, €4,998.00

Bellview Woods Childcare, €4,832.67

Little Stars Preschool, €10,000.00

Ballyspillane Childcare Service €3,974.00

Listowel Preschool €9,744.45

Toni’s Montessori €5,000.00

Teeny Tots Nursery / Mol an Oige, €10,000.00

Airc Na Leanai €3,032.42

First Step Childcare Centre €4,938.21

Listowel Family Resource Centre €4,078.00

Naionra Martina €9,526.40

Wishing Tree Preschool €9,117.5