CHILDCARE MANAGER URGES DONEGAL CHILDCARE SERVICES TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

first_imgAvril McMonagle, Donegal Childcare Manager is strongly urging all early childhood services in County Donegal to apply for the new capital grant announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs which provides €2.75 million to support the ongoing improvement of the early childhood sector on Ireland.Donegal County Childcare is offering 142 early childhood service providers across the county a range of advisory supports over the next month to enable them to avail of this opportunity to provide the best learning experiences possible for young children.The recently announced 2013 funding scheme is smaller than the allocation for 2012 and is expected to be extremely competitive. The scheme covers improvements in four important areas including small grants to purchase equipment or carry out small maintenance work; grants to improve accessibility of services for children with disabilities, grants to provide natural outdoor spaces that promote active outdoor play and; grants towards critical works to ensure that buildings are fit for purpose under the childcare regulations.When asked how Donegal early childhood services could improve their chances of being successful in obtaining funding Avril advised ‘The criteria and funding limits of this programme have been designed to ensure the best possible outcome for investment, therefore, it is hugely important that early childhood services carefully review the application guidance document provided and submit applications strictly in line with this.“For example, if a service is applying for the development of a natural outdoor space it is imperative that the proposal is clear, complete and backed up with the relevant documentation including proof of need and accessibility to/ownership of, the space in question. Value for money is also central so any requests for funding need to be supported by realistic, comparable quotations. When the need to shortlist applications is so competitive, it is remarkable how many applications don’t get passed the first stage due to the omission of one piece of information’Avril also encouraged early childhood services to ‘keep it local’ by working with local businesses when compiling quotations for natural outdoor play structures in particular. She said ‘There is a tendency to purchase outdoor adventure structures from big multinational outlets but I would urge early childhood service providers to work with local trades’ people and businesses in Donegal to provide quotations for the development of outdoor play spaces and wooden structures. These can often represent best value for money and can also be used as a sound rationale as part of a funding application regarding access to ongoing maintenance works’.The programme is now open for applications via the Pobal website www.pobal.ie and applications for funding will be made on-line until Tuesaday 30th April 2013. Full details regarding grant conditions are on the DCCC website www.donegalchildcare.com or on DCCC facebook page www.facebook.com/DonegalChildcare.For advice and assistance to complete the application please contact Donegal County Childcare on 074 9123442 and ask to speak to a Childcare Development Officer who will provide support and advice regarding the application and appraisal process. CHILDCARE MANAGER URGES DONEGAL CHILDCARE SERVICES TO APPLY FOR FUNDING was last modified: April 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Avril McGonagleDonegal Childcare Serviceslast_img read more

CAITHFIDH AN RIALTAS ACMHAINNÍ A CHUIR AR FÁÍL LEIS AN STRAITÉIS A FHEIDHMIÚ – Ó CLOCHARTAIGH

first_imgTá fáilte curtha ag an Seanadóir Trevor Ó Clochartaigh roimh na cláracha tacaíochta teaghlaigh agus pleanála teanga atá seolta ag Aire Stáit na Gaeltachta, Dinny McGinley, ach ní theann siad sách fada agus níl sé soiléír go mbeidh acmhainní go leor ann chun iad a chuir i bhfeidhm, dar leis.Tá imní freisin air nach bhfuil an méid atá ar siúl ag Ranna eile Rialtais agus an Statchóras tré chéile ag teacht leis an Straitéis Fiche Bliain don Ghaeilge agus go mbainfidh siad an mhaith as na tograí eile seo.Bhí Seanadóir Shinn Féin as Gaillimh Thiar ag tagairt do na scéimeanna a sheol an tAire Stáít ar an Déardaoin. ‘Tá siad tamall ag teacht agus is maith ann iad’, a deir Ó Clochartaigh, ‘ach, bhí mé súil le fógra níos cuimsithí agus soiléiriú maidir le hacmhainní a bheith ar fáil len iad a chuir i bhfeidhm mar is gá. Maidir leis an Scéim Tacaíochta Teaghlaigh, ní leor bileoga a scaipeadh, caithfidh daoine oilte a bheith ar fáil le tacaíocht leanúnach a chuir ar fáil i ngach ceantar Gaeltachta. Caithfear maoiniú agus acmhainní a chuir in áít do ghrúpaí tuismitheoirí, máthair & linbh, ionaid cúram leanaí is araile le gniomhaíochtaí a eagrú agus áiseanna a chuir ar fáil, chomh maith le díriú ar staid na Gaeilge sa chóras oideachais’.‘Ó thaobh cúrsaí pleanála teanga di, tá sé an-aisteach nach bhfuil acmhainní dhá chuir ar fáil le pleananna teanga a ullmhú i ngach ceantar láithreach. Léirigh an Staidéar Chuimsitheach Teangeolaíochta an phráínn a bhaineann leis an obair seo. Bhí an Rialtas roimhe seo ag tarraingt na gcos agus is léir go bhfuil an Rialtas seo nío measa arís’, a deir Ó Clochartaigh.‘Níl ciall na réasún a bheith ag fágáil ceantar ar bith amach as an bpróiséas. Tá ceantair láidre a dteastaíonn tacaíocht uathu ar nós Iorras Aithneach, Múscraí agus Rath Cairn fágtha as an aíreamh go fóill agus fiú na ceantair is mó atá i mbaol stádas Gaeltachta a chailleadh, níl deis ar bith fágtha dóibh an taoide a chasadh. Ní léir go bhfuil cur chuige meáite ar bith dhá leanúint ag an Aire sa mhéid seo.’.‘Freisin, tá sé riachtanach dó a shoiléiriú cé na hacmhainní a bheidh ar fáil chuige seo. Más iad na heagraíochtaí pobail atá ina bhun caithfear buiséad a chuir ar fáil dá réir chun an obair a dhéanamh, imeachtaí agus áiseanna a chuir ar fáil’, dar leis an Seanadóir. ‘Tá an Roinn fein in ainm is a bheith ag déanamh maoirseacht ar an dul chun cinn ach bheadh amhras orm go bhfuil an acmhainn acu sin a dhéanamh i gcomhthéacs an faillí iomlán atá dhá dhéanamh acu maidir le maoirsiú scéimeanna faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, mar a léiríodh an tseachtain seo i dtuarascáíl an Choimisinéir Teanga’.‘Ach an imní is mó atá orm ná go bhfuil Rannaí eile Rialtais agus eagrais Stáit atá ag déanamh dochar don Straitéis agus don teanga tré chéíle. Áirím ansin Ruairi Quinn agus an Roinn Oideachas agus Scileanna ach go háirithe, atá ag deanamh éagoir mhór tríd an athbhreithniú ar an coibhneas dalta –múinteora sna scoileanna beaga sa nGaeltacht, atá ag gearradh maoiniú chun tacú le hábhar oidí dul chun na Gaeltachta agus a fuair réidh le scoláireachtaí triú leibhéal do mhuintir na Gaeltachta’, a deir Seanadóir Shinn Féin.‘Ní leor preas ócáidí agus caint, gan acmhainní a chuir ar fáil agus ní chuirfear an Straitéis Fiche Bliain i bhfeidhm gan tacaíocht iomlan an Rialtais, i gcomhpháirt le pobal na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta, sin rud nach bhfuil ag eirí leis an Aire Stáit McGinley a bhaint amach go fóill’, arsa Ó Clochartaigh.ADVERTISEMENTCAITHFIDH AN RIALTAS ACMHAINNÍ A CHUIR AR FÁÍL LEIS AN STRAITÉIS A FHEIDHMIÚ – Ó CLOCHARTAIGH was last modified: April 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CAITHFIDH AN RIALTAS ACMHAINNÍ A CHUIR AR FÁÍL LEIS AN STRAITÉIS A FHEIDHMIÚ – Ó CLOCHARTAIGHlast_img read more