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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 447-463
 Header Item Departmental Funding
 Header Item Departmental Functions
 Header Item Departmental Programmes
 Header Item Early Childhood Care and Education Data
 Header Item Departmental Funding
 Header Item Child Care Services Data
 Header Item Central Statistics Office Data
 Header Item Child and Family Agency Data
 Header Item Child and Family Agency Data

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 962 No. 4

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Written Answers Nos. 447-463

Departmental Funding

 447. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the amount that her Department has allocated to the learner fund each year since 2013; and the amount her Department has allocated for 2018. [50965/17]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone The Learner Fund was first launched in 2013 but allocations have not taken place on a simple year by year basis, rather new phases of the Learner Fund have been launched on the basis of gauged demand and need in the Early Years sector.

  Since 2013, there have been four phases of funding for further education courses in Early Childhood Care and Education accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), and two phases of funding for those in the Early Years sector who have pursued degree relevant degree programmes (in the form of a bursary payment). The total amount of allocated over all phases of funding is 4.2 million. The following table offers a breakdown of funding allotted to each phase.

Allocation Learner Fund 1 Learner Fund 2 Learner Fund 3 Learner Fund 4 Bursary 2017 (R1) Bursary 2017 (R2) Total
Total €1,299,604 €838,807 €406,283 €915,280 €621,000 €162,750 €4,243,724


  The total amount allocated for this fund in 2018 is 2 million.

Departmental Functions

 448. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the amount allocated to each county under learner funds 1, 2, 3 and 4. [50966/17]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone As the funding was administered in part through the County and City Childcare Committees (CCC), I am able to provide a county by county breakdown of funding, however, funding has always been offered on a national level and not on a county by county basis. The allocation of funding to each county area is a direct reflection of the uptake of the opportunity offered through the Learner Fund and the demand for further education and training that existed in the EY sector in that area at the time. My Department placed no restrictions on the share of the available funding that could be accessed through each CCC.

Allocation Learner Fund 1 Learner Fund 2 Learner Fund 3 Learner Fund 4 Bursary 2017 (R1) Bursary 2017 (R2) Total
 
Carlow County Childcare Committee 7,085 2,130 8,240 9,420 0 4,500 31,375
Cavan County Childcare Committee 4,980 8,070 6,150 11,400 9,000 3,000 42,600
Clare County Childcare Committee 55,752 31,566 2,700 24,810 14,250 2,250 131,329
Cork City Childcare Committee 45,016 12,612 123 15,720 10,500 3,000 86,971
Cork County Childcare Committee 124,528 38,408 12,360 46,500 42,750 7,500 272,046
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown CC 30,838 43,946 73,170 29,160 28,500 3,750 209,365
Donegal County Childcare Committee 7,610 3,015 2,040 13,200 26,250 12,000 64,115
Dublin City Childcare Committee 207,438 157,306 52,590 108,240 50,250 6,750 582,574
Fingal County Childcare Committee 86,156 109,589 37,680 75,120 30,750 6,000 345,295
Galway City and County Childcare Committee 35,199 52,180 21,720 66,300 45,750 12,000 233,149
Kerry County Childcare Committee 33,316 3,120 14,490 18,720 9,750 4,500 83,896
Kildare County Childcare Committee 78,827 59,906 23,085 59,290 45,000 24,000 290,108
Kilkenny County Childcare Committee 13,331 3,229 3,120 21,420 16,500 750 58,350
Laois County Childcare Committee 58,913 23,062 7,200 33,900 21,000 9,750 153,825
Leitrim County Childcare Committee 5,867 4,410 2,820 1,540 3,000 750 18,387
Limerick Childcare Committee 37,828 36,220 12,960 41,040 12,750 1,500 142,298
Longford County Childcare Committee 1,410 105 9,900 6,000 3,000 2,250 22,665
Louth County Childcare committee 29,252 26,480 7,440 39,780 12,750 8,250 123,951
Meath County Childcare Committee 124,588 34,448 21,445 47,730 31,500 6,000 265,711
Mayo County Childcare Committee 16,337 6,452 960 10,680 21,000 6,750 62,179
Monaghan County Childcare Committee 8,755 3,485 4,920 13,330 20,250 750 51,490
Offaly County Childcare Committee 7,804 7,830 4,320 12,000 6,000 6,000 43,954
Roscommon County Childcare Committee 10,388 15,278 3,860 8,480 12,750 5,250 56,006
Sligo County Childcare Committee 23,319 12,925 1,920 10,080 11,250 2,250 61,744
South Dublin Childcare Committee 82,253 73,763 30,030 85,440 30,000 4,500 305,986
Tipperary Childcare Committee Limited 57,395 25,958 8,520 18,120 20,250 10,500 140,743
Waterford Childcare Committee 13,940 10,903 2,400 13,230 14,250 750 55,473
Westmeath County Childcare Committee 26,023 2,700 8,250 25,250 11,250 3,000 76,473
Wexford County Childcare Committee 20,003 9,960 6,270 16,500 21,750 3,000 77,483
Wicklow County Childcare Committee 45,452 19,753 15,600 32,880 39,000 1,500 154,184
Total 1,299,604 838,807 406,283 915,280 621,000 162,750 4,243,724

Departmental Programmes

 449. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the number of persons who have benefitted from the learner fund each year since 2013. [50967/17]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone The Learner Fund was first launched in 2013 but allocations have not taken place on a simple year by year basis, rather new phases of the Learner Fund have been launched on the basis of gauged demand and need in the Early Years sector.

  Please see the following table which highlights the number of person who have benefitted from the learner fund each year since 2013.

Learner Fund Rounds Learner Fund Recipients
LF1 April 2014 1,609
LF2 November 2014 1,089
LF3 October 2015 572
LF4 January 2016 860
Bursary February 2017 863
Bursary November 2017 217

Early Childhood Care and Education Data

 450. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the amount of capitation that has been paid to early childhood care and education facilities since 2011, by year. [50968/17]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone It is my understanding that the Deputy is referring to the capitation payments paid to childcare providers for providing the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme. Please see the following table, which contains the relevant information.

Programme Year Amount paid
ECCE 2010-2011 €155,640,509
ECCE  2011-2012 €160,721,189
ECCE  2012-2013 €160,616,357
ECCE  2013-2014 €160,897,983
ECCE  2014-2015 €162,695,265
ECCE 2015-2016 €178,181,687
ECCE 2016-2017 €273,993,749.80
ECCE 2017-2018 (To date) €75,175.585.77 

Departmental Funding

 451. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the funding that her Department has allocated to a programme (details supplied) in 2017. [50970/17]

 452. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the funding that her Department has allocated to a programme (details supplied) for 2018. [50971/17]

 453. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the funding that her Department allocated to a programme (details supplied) in the years 2015 and 2016. [50972/17]

 454. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the funding that her Department has allocated to a programme (details supplied) in 2017. [50973/17]

 455. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the funding that her Department has allocated to a programme (details supplied) since 2014. [50974/17]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone I propose to take Questions Nos. 451 to 455, inclusive, together.

The National Síolta Aistear initiative was established in late 2016. Its purpose is to provide central support and coordination of Síolta (The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education) and Aistear (The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework) implementation across the Early Years sector. The Síolta Quality Assurance Programme (QAP) and professional development in Aistear are resourced through the National Síolta Aistear initiative. This initiative is funded by DCYA and is a joint initiative between DCYA, DES and NCCA.

The National Síolta Aistear Initiative is recorded on the same expenditure line within my Department’s allocation and its first allocation was in the 2017 budget.

The allocation for this initiative in 2017 was €500k and I’m pleased to confirm that this level of allocation will be repeated in 2018.

Child Care Services Data

 456. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the number of children eligible under bands A, AJ, B and D, respectively, by age bracket. [50975/17]

 457. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the funding that her Department provided to bands A, AJ, B and D in 2017; and the amount she has allocated to same in 2018. [50976/17]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone I propose to take Questions Nos. 456 and 457 together.

  In the 2017/2018 programme year the bands and eligibility have changed with children who would have qualified for band B in 2016/17 now being spilt between band B and a new band, band D. These ‘September Measures’ include a universal payment together with an average 50% increase to the band rates of the CCS/CCSP targeted schemes.

  It is estimated that the full-year cost of extending childcare subsidy rates for band A, band AJ and band B beneficiaries of the CCS scheme, in addition to the new band D being created in respect of children who are entitled to hold the over 6 GP visit card and a new universal payment (for children who are between the ages of 6 months until the age they qualify for entry into the ECCE scheme) would be approximately €90 million (€20 million of which relates to CCSU). It should be noted that these estimates are subject to fluctuations based on numbers of eligible children registering and parental behaviours in relation to attendance etc.

  Funding for childcare programmes is allocated by programme, not by band. To assist the Deputy in her query I am providing the following table which shows a breakdown of the costings for the number of children for the 2016/17 & 2017/18 programme years.

  2016/17 costs 2016/17 No. of children 2017/18 Estimated costs 2017/18 CCS* No. of children 2017/18 CCSP No. of children
Band A €27,739,819 14,121 €60 m 12856 5779
Band AJ €5,841,370 4,459 €12 m 2086 1322
Band B €6,621,952 8,452 €12 m 3213 4475
Band D N/A N/A €6 m 421 304


  *These figures relate to the proposed band rate as CCS registrations are still provisional.

  Please note the figures for 2017/18 are up to date however registrations continue to come in throughout the year.

  A child must be under 15 years of age to be eligible for CCS & CCS Plus, all figures in the above table relate to this age bracket.

Central Statistics Office Data

 458. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the number of children here, by their household's income bracket (details supplied). [50977/17]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone The Department of Children and Youth Affairs does not compile data on the number of children according to gross income per household nor does it hold data in the format requested. This is a matter for the CSO who are under the aegis of the Department of the Taoiseach.

Child and Family Agency Data

 459. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the number of Tusla-registered crèches, by county.  [50978/17]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone There are 4,496 early years services registered with Tusla. The following table contains a breakdown of these services, by county, as requested by the Deputy.

County Number of Services
Carlow 49
Cavan 64
Clare 147
Cork 479
Donegal 146
Dublin 1196
Galway 284
Kerry 130
Kildare 194
Kilkenny 97
Laois 82
Leitrim 33
Limerick 197
Longford 35
Louth 114
Mayo 130
Meath 206
Monaghan 60
Offaly 72
Roscommon 55
Sligo 70
Tipperary 166
Waterford 96
Westmeath 82
Wexford 144
Wicklow 168
Total Services Registered 4496

Child and Family Agency Data

 460. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the capacity of Tusla-registered crèches, by county.  [50979/17]

 461. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the capacity of Tusla-registered crèches for the provision of care to children under one year of age, by county.  [50980/17]

 462. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the capacity of Tusla-registered crèches for the provision of care to children under two years of age, by county.  [50981/17]

 463. Deputy Anne Rabbitte Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone the capacity of Tusla-registered crèches for the provision of care to children under three years of age, by county.  [50982/17]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information on Katherine Zappone Zoom on Katherine Zappone I propose to take Questions Nos. 460 to 463, inclusive, together.

  The capacity of Tusla registered crèches, by county, is as follows.

County Capacity of Registered Services
Carlow 2,042
Cavan 2,924
Clare 4,291
Cork 17,684
Donegal 5,239
Dublin 46,222
Galway 10,146
Kerry 4,815
Kildare 8,074
Kilkenny 3,137
Laois 3,176
Leitrim 1,143
Limerick 6,990
Longford 1,713
Louth 4,239
Mayo 3,993
Meath 7,367
Monaghan 2,740
Offaly 2,380
Roscommon 2,005
Sligo 2,291
Tipperary 5,369
Waterford 3,735
Westmeath 3,252
Wexford 4,759
Wicklow 5,120
Total 164,846


  It is important to note that the information provided refers to the number of children each service states it can accommodate at registration. The figures refer to the number of children the service can accommodate at any one time and do not capture the total number of children in daily or weekly attendance. For example, a sessional service may have a capacity of 80 children but can cater for up to 160 children in a single day by running morning and afternoon sessions.

  Tusla does not collate information on capacity by age range.

  However, my Department does hold the requested data for those childcare providers who are in contract with my Department to run one of the Government childcare schemes (ECCE, CCS and TEC) through the Early Years Sector profiles. While this would not account for all Tusla registered childcare providers, it must be noted that in order to enter into contract with my Department, a provider must be registered with Tusla.

  The most recent data on capacity within childcare services is contained within the Early Years Sector Profile 2016 - 2017. 3,707 providers responded to the survey in May 2017 (representing a response rate of 84%), with the Profile published in November 2017. The following tables outline the capacity for the all age ranges, 0-12 months, 12-24 months, and 24-36 age range per county, as reported in the 2016-2017 sector profile. The response rate for each county is also included.
All age ranges Reported Capacity Response Rate
Carlow 2,318 79%
Cavan 3,082 94%
Clare 4,570 87%
Cork City 4,509 84%
Cork County 14,153 83%
Donegal 6,381 90%
Dublin - Dublin City 16,208 83%
Dublin - Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 7,237 80%
Dublin - Fingal 11,201 84%
Dublin - South Dublin 9,004 84%
Galway 10,046 81%
Kerry 5,779 91%
Kildare 7,879 77%
Kilkenny 3,744 84%
Laois 3,591 84%
Leitrim 1,021 84%
Limerick 6,236 74%
Longford 1,768 97%
Louth 4,129 77%
Mayo 4,437 90%
Meath 6,760 83%
Monaghan 3,681 92%
Offaly 2,341 77%
Roscommon 2,374 85%
Sligo 2,763 78%
Tipperary 6,448 92%
Waterford 3,941 78%
Westmeath 4,133 92%
Wexford 5,464 87%
Wicklow 4,928 82%
Total 170,126 84%
Up to 1 year (0-12 months) Reported Capacity Response Rate
Carlow 56 79%
Cavan 65 94%
Clare 109 87%
Cork City 104 84%
Cork County 274 83%
Donegal 122 90%
Dublin - Dublin City 528 83%
Dublin - Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 298 80%
Dublin - Fingal 228 84%
Dublin - South Dublin 244 84%
Galway 228 81%
Kerry 117 91%
Kildare 153 77%
Kilkenny 44 84%
Laois 60 84%
Leitrim 23 84%
Limerick 150 74%
Longford 39 97%
Louth 33 77%
Mayo 41 90%
Meath 112 83%
Monaghan 92 92%
Offaly 20 77%
Roscommon 42 85%
Sligo 64 78%
Tipperary 124 92%
Waterford 65 78%
Westmeath 52 92%
Wexford 88 87%
Wicklow 69 82%
Total 3,644 84%
Up to 2 years (0-24 months) Reported Capacity Response Rate
Carlow 196 79%
Cavan 248 94%
Clare 383 87%
Cork City 536 84%
Cork County 925 83%
Donegal 505 90%
Dublin - Dublin City 1,908 83%
Dublin - Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 908 80%
Dublin - Fingal 855 84%
Dublin - South Dublin 849 84%
Galway 820 81%
Kerry 471 91%
Kildare 535 77%
Kilkenny 240 84%
Laois 221 84%
Leitrim 83 84%
Limerick 480 74%
Longford 160 97%
Louth 256 77%
Mayo 208 90%
Meath 403 83%
Monaghan 348 92%
Offaly 104 77%
Roscommon 141 85%
Sligo 283 78%
Tipperary 501 92%
Waterford 260 78%
Westmeath 256 92%
Wexford 374 87%
Wicklow 227 82%
Total 13,684 84%
Up to 3 years (0-36 months) Capacity Reported Response Rate
Carlow 429 79%
Cavan 580 94%
Clare 856 87%
Cork City 1,273 84%
Cork County 2,045 83%
Donegal 1,164 90%
Dublin - Dublin City 4,107 83%
Dublin - Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 1,875 80%
Dublin - Fingal 1,856 84%
Dublin - South Dublin 1,877 84%
Galway 1,844 81%
Kerry 1,006 91%
Kildare 1,401 77%
Kilkenny 607 84%
Laois 539 84%
Leitrim 199 84%
Limerick 1,056 74%
Longford 348 97%
Louth 670 77%
Mayo 591 90%
Meath 930 83%
Monaghan 780 92%
Offaly 282 77%
Roscommon 351 85%
Sligo 590 78%
Tipperary 1,166 92%
Waterford 694 78%
Westmeath 695 92%
Wexford 961 87%
Wicklow 633 82%
Total 31,405 84%


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