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25.09.2017 Cuirfear maoiniú de €6.35m ar fáil do ghrúpaí óige pobail chun trealamh a cheannach – “Is féidir le níos mó ná 1,700 grúpaí óige cur

Cuirfear maoiniú de €6.35m ar fáil do ghrúpaí óige pobail chun trealamh a cheannach – “Is féidir le níos mó ná 1,700 grúpaí óige cur isteach ó inniu”Ráiteas ón Aire Leanaí agus Gnóthaí Óige, Dr Katherine ZapponeDé Luain 25ú Meán Fómhair 2017Tá níos mó ná 1,700 grúpaí
Published on 25 September 2017
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25.09.2017 €6.35m in Funding to Purchase Equipment Will be Made Available for Community Youth groups

More than 1,700 community youth groups are set to benefit from a €6.35m equipment fund launched today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.
Published on 25 September 2017
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01.09.2017 Tús le Tacaíochtaí Chúram Leanaí sa Bhreis

Tá fáil anois ag suas go dtí 70,000 leanbh agus a dteaghlaigh ar thacaíochtaíTá 75% de sheirbhísí incháilithe tar éis clárú agus an uimhir sin ag méadú i gcónaíDéanfar monatóireacht ar chostais chúram leanaí agus iad faoi réir Athbhreithnithe
Published on 01 September 2017
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01.09.2017 Extra Childcare Supports Begin - Up to 70,000 children and their families now have access to supports - Over 75% of eligible services sign

Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs,Dr Katherine Zappone. Extra childcare supports are now available for up to 70,000 children and their families. The start of supports today marks the first big step towards delivering
Published on 01 September 2017
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31.08.2017 Cearta sa bhreis faighte ag leanaí atá ag fágáil cúraim 500-600 leanbh i dteideal phleananna iarchúraim agus an saol aosach á thosú acu “A

Cearta sa bhreis faighte ag leanaí atá ag fágáil cúraim500-600 leanbh i dteideal phleananna iarchúraim agus an saol aosach á thosú acu“Acmhainní curtha ar fáil do dhaoine óga chun saoil neamhspleách a thosú”Déardaoin, 31ú Lúnasa 2017Ón lá amárach (Dé hAoine 1ú Meán Fómhair), beidh sé de cheart ag 500-600 leanbh plean
Published on 31 August 2017
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31.08.2017 Children leaving care receive extra rights, 500-600 children entitled to aftercare plans as they begin adult life “Resources in place to d

500-600 children leaving state care upon reaching the age of 18 will from tomorrow (Friday 1st September) have the right to an aftercare plan to identify any future supports they may require, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine
Published on 31 August 2017
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19.08.2017 Spreagann tuilleadh tacaíochtaí Chúram Leanaí suim mhór i measc Tuismitheoirí agus SoláthraitheBeidh tuismitheoirí in ann clárú le naíolan


Published on 19 August 2017
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19.08.2017 Extra Childcare supports spark surge of interest from Parents and Providers

Parents can start registering with crèches, preschools and providers from MondayStatement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine ZapponeSATURDAY 18th AUGUST 2017Extra childcare supports starting in two weeks have sparked a surge of interest from parents, crèches and childcare providers, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.
Published on 18 August 2017
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17.08.2017 Minister Zappone announces €1.2m capital grants for 263 providers of School Age Childcare Grants of up to €5000 to improve

Gants of up to €5000 to improve existing servicesResponse to consultation with children on afterschoolThursday 17th August, 2017The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, has announced funding of €1.2m (strand c) of the School Age Childcare Capital Scheme to improve existing school age childcare services. This follows the recent announcement of funding of €2.7m
Published on 17 August 2017
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11.08.2017 The theme of International Youth Day

on Saturday 12th August 2017 is 'Youth Building Peace'“Ireland continues to lead at the forefront of children and young people's participation in decision making”Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone Friday 11th August, 2017Joining in the celebrations of International Youth Day 2017, Minister Katherine Zappone said:“Ireland was the first country in Europe (and possibly the
Published on 11 August 2017
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10.08.2017 Independent Review of Accessible Childcare Measures:

Zappone 2,822 children with disabilities access targeted supports in first year. 850 practitioners to graduate from specialised training “Accessibility is key to radical new approach to childcare” Thursday 10th August 2017An independent review is to take place into a Government programme which supports children with disabilities in accessing childcare, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.Figures for the first
Published on 10 August 2017
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09.08.2017 Training, expert advice and sensory toys to make childcare accessible to all“6,200 packs to be distributed to childcare centres to promote

Créches, pre-schools and childcare centres are to receive extra support to open up their services to children with disabilities.The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, is confirming
Published on 09 August 2017
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04.08.2017 Childcare Cost Review Given 10-month Deadline“Independent Review will further transform our childcare system”Statement by Minister Katheri

An Independent Review of the Cost of Delivering Quality Childcare is to be given a 10-month deadline to deliver findings which will decide future Government investment, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.Minister Zappone has set the timeline so that the Review will
Published on 04 August 2017
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03.08.2017 Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to HIQA report into Oberstown

The Minister  for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone  TD, notes the most recent report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) into Oberstown Children Detention Campus (Oberstown). The Minister welcomes the positive comments in the report; that inspectors observed kind, warm and appropriate interaction between staff and children in
Published on 03 August 2017
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01.08.2017 Childcare awareness campaign 'It Starts Now' launched to inform parents of €19m in Extra Supports for families - Govt funds 5,000 e

Joint Statement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone Tuesday 1st August, 2017Government funding of €4m is being provided to improve childcare services for children of school going age and make life
Published on 01 August 2017
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31.07.2017 €4m in capital funding to be made available for community youth groups “More than 1,500 groups can apply from September”Statement by

More than 1,500 community youth groups are set to benefit from a €4m capital fund being established  by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.Minister Zappone is confirming that the money is being made available to
Published on 31 July 2017
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26.07.2017 Oireachtas Childcare Report 'important contribution to national debate'Accessible affordable quality childcare should be goal of every p

Changing one of the most expensive childcare systems in the world into the best is not easy – but we are taking the first big step, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.Welcoming the publication of a report on childcare by the
Published on 26 July 2017
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19.07.2017 Minister Zappone welcomes the signing of the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 by the President in to lawLaw ensures children's best interes

Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today welcomed the signing of the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 by the President in to law.Speaking today Minister Zappone said “I welcome the signing of this
Published on 19 July 2017
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19.07.2017 Childcare Capital Funding Doubled to €8.4m : Zappone - More than 2,200 new childcare places pave way for big changes in September“Acc

Funding to improve childcare services is to be doubled to €8.4m, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.Minister Zappone has announced that
Published on 19 July 2017
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17.07.2017 Families receiving childcare supports in unprecedented numbers - Five times more children joining measures aimed at low income families -

The number of children supported by targeted childcare schemes aimed at the less well-off has reached unprecedented levels following a huge upturn in the past month, according to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The jump is being attributed to a
Published on 17 July 2017
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