125 childcare centres across Dublin are getting more money than ever before to spend on improvement works for buildings and playgrounds.
The funding, which is being doubled to €1.4m, will be broken up into grants ranging from €3,000 to €50,000, and will help pave the way for major changes in childcare coming in September.
Making the announcement the Children's Minister, Katherine Zappone, said this is "the first big step to radically change childcare in this country".
40 centres in Dublin City will benefit from €588,000, while 17 centres in Dun Laoighaire-Rathdown will be able to apply for grants from a pot of €183,000. In Fingal, there is €429,000 to be divided up between 40 centres, and in South Dublin County Council 28 centres will share €238,000.
Minister Zappone said " by providing extra childcare spaces, allowing building work and playground improvements we are preparing crèches and pre-schools for big changes starting this September".
"Changing our childcare system from one of the most expensive in the world to one of the best is not going to be easy. But progress is being made and I will continue to work to deliver for families", Minister Zappone said.