McCann welcomes continuing funding for Playboard
Sinn Féin MLA for west Belfast Jennifer McCann has welcomed today’s announcement from OFMdFM that they are to continue funding for Playboard scheme across the north for the next twelve months.
Speaking after questioning the First Minister on the issue in the Assembly this afternoon Ms McCann said;
“Firstly, I want to welcome today’s announcement from the First and deputy First Ministers that they are to continue to fund Playboard schemes for the next twelve months.
I would hope that this funding stream would be opened up for application to groups that provide an invaluable service within local communities.
Over these recent times we have seen a number of childcare services having to close due to lack of funding; the news that the funding for the Playboard scheme will be extended, and that an additional £12 million has been provided for a childcare strategy will no doubt go some way to provide quality affordable childcare.
Following today’s news, it is vital that we continue to work to ensure that those groups who are currently outside of the existing funding stream will be in a position to apply for this funding.” CRÍOCH