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Govt. Unveils €6 Million "Summer Of Play" Programme.

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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:

The funding is being rolled out through two grants:

  • The Playing Outside Grant for Early Learning and Care and School-Aged Childcare services will provide €5.5 million in funding for services to enhance their outdoor spaces.
  • €450,000 for the Local Authorities Play and Recreation grant will fund the refurbishment and development of playgrounds and play areas across the country. The projects funded encompass a wide range of initiatives that will deliver diverse benefits to children and young people and have a positive impact on communities. They include projects such as sensory gardens, learn to cycle tracks, and natural play trails.

CEO of Barnardos, Suzanne Connolly, says it should be used in communities that need it most:

Chair of Seas Suas, which represents independent childcare providers in Ireland, Regina Bushell, says play is so important for children:

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