Bright Start

07 April 2014

RDC welcomes the announcement made by Junior Ministers Jennifer McCann and Jonathan Bell to fund up to 7,000 childcare places as part of the Bright Start School Age Childcare Grant Scheme, including up to 6,000 new places. The places will be available in rural areas, areas of disadvantage and within the schools estate across the region.

The Grant Scheme represents an investment of up to £15million from the Executive over the next three and a half years and the first projects should be operating by the autumn.

Teresa Canavan, Chief Executive of RDC commented “It is encouraging to note that the Executive are targeting the needs of disadvantaged families and the rural community by offering this grant scheme.  It will assist working parents gain affordable, accessible and quality childcare services which is an investment for now and the future and will contribute to the rural economy by creating new jobs”.   

The School Age Childcare Grant Scheme is part of the first phase of Bright Start, the Executive’s Programme for affordable and integrated childcare.

Grants will be paid to childcare providers who operate on social economy principles and who will target the needs of disadvantaged areas, or people in rural areas, or who plan to work with schools and base their childcare services on school premises.

For more information an application form and guidance are available from Bright Start