It is to encourage children and families to get outside
The government has announced a €6 million fund to encourage children and families to get outside and play as restrictions ease over the coming months.
The 'Summer of Play' initiative will see grants, supports and information resources rolled out for childcare facilities and local authorities.
The Children's Minister, Roderic O'Gorman, says play is particularly important for children post pandemic:
Chair of Seas Suas, which represents independent childcare providers in Ireland, Regina Bushell, says play is so important for children: