An overall allocation of €114,868 in Government funding to childcare providers in Clare will lead to the creation of additional childcare places in the county.

That’s according to Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey who explained that the money will provide additional places for children up to three years of age, as well as new school age childcare places.

The successful Clare applicants were ABC Nursery, Lifford, Ennis (€49,940); Killaloe Community Development Company (€13,426); Little Harvard, Quilty (€19,622); Mary K’s Childcare and Montessori, Doora (€19,458) and North West Clare Family Resource Centre(€12,422).

“It’s part of a €6.25 million capital fund to Early Learning and School Age Childcare providers which will lead to an increase of more than 3,600 childcare places for children up to age 15. It provides a welcome boost for parents in the county and another step towards nationwide affordable childcare provision,” Deputy Carey added.

“This is something that the Fine Gael-led Government has been striving to achieve as we believe that 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.

“This capital funding will also provide grants for fire safety improvements for community-owned services.The funding decisions have been made following a competitive application process and I would like to congratulate the providers who have been successful.

“Government investment in early learning and care has increased by 117 per cent since 2015,” Deputy Carey concluded