Education Minister Michelle McIlveen today announced an extension to the Covid-19 Childcare Sustainability Fund for the period 1 January to 31 March 2022.

The Fund will assist the short-term viability of childcare providers and help ensure that they remain sustainable in the face of recent pressures resulting from the Omicron variant.

The Minister said: “Today, I am pleased to announce the Childcare Sustainability Fund for the period January to March 2022. I have listened to concerns from childcare providers about the difficulties they are experiencing as a result of the Omicron variant and I have ensured that additional funding has been made available to them.

“I wish to thank everyone in the sector for their ongoing hard work and dedication. This funding is in recognition of the vital services they provide in supporting children.”

The Covid-19 Childcare Sustainability Fund is open from 28 February 2022 for applications from eligible daycare and school-aged childcare settings, childminders, crèches and playgroups. Eligible childcare providers will be able to apply for funding via the Early Years website.