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21/09/2021

Laois parent and toddler group urged to apply for grants

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Parent and toddler groups can get support

Laois parents who organise parent and toddler groups in their communities have been urged to apply for new Government grants for.

Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council and Fine Gael Cllr Conor Bergin said a new national funding total €250,0000 is available for groups as part of the Government’s Summer of Play initiative.

This funding will be allocated to all not-for profit parent and toddler groups throughout Laois who actively involve the participation of parents in the local community. The grants available will range from €100 to €1250," he said.

“This is important funding to support existing groups to start up again and to assist the groups to engage with the Government’s Summer of Play Initiative, to provide supports for children and families to get outside and play safely this summer.

“Existing Parent and Toddler Groups can apply for a maximum of €800 while new start up groups may apply for maximum grant of up to €1250.  The funding can be used for expenses including toys, play equipment, books, and activities for the children," he said.

Cllr Bergin added that training for parents can also be covered under the grants including for example, paediatric first aid, committee skills and parenting courses. MORE BELOW LINK.

He said limited funding will also be available towards insurance, rent or minor refurbishment, up to a maximum of 30% of total funding for existing services. Further limited funding will be available towards insurance or rent, up to a maximum of 70% of total funding for new services.

“I hope all local groups will apply for these grants to assist them in bringing parents and children together to play and socialise again. The groups should apply for a grant under this scheme through their County Laois Childcare Committee who can also give them full details on the programme,” said the Fine Gael councillor.

For details go to www.laoischildcare.ie

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’ Gorman launched the Summer of Play initiative to support and encourage children and their families to get outside and play as restrictions ease in the coming months. The initiative includes grants, supports and information resources that are being rolled out over the summer months, creating opportunities for children and their families to enjoy a summer of play.

A key resource that was launched as part of the initiative was Let’s Play Ireland 2021, an online information resource for parents and children. On www.gov.ie/letsplayireland  families can find information and ideas on how to support and encourage children in their play, as well as ideas on how to play safely this summer.

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