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ESF Programmes 2000-2006

Southern & Eastern Regional OP

The South and Eastern (SAE) Operational Programme was a multi-sectoral programme covering a wide range of initiatives throughout the SAE region.

The Programme comprised of four separate sub-programmes (Priorities), one of which was the Social Inclusion and Childcare sub-programme. The ESF supported this sub-programme by co-funding certain activities within its Childcare measure. The Support for Staffing Costs sub-measure was aimed at improving the quality of childcare provision in disadvantaged areas by assisting community-based projects to fund the salary costs of qualified childcare workers. The Childcare Quality Improvement Programme sub-measure was designed to support improvements in the quality of childcare service provision generally through the training and education of childcare workers and the establishment of support networks for childcare providers.

The SAE Operational Programme was managed by the SAE Regional Assembly which comprised of elected members from the constituent local authorities within the region. More information on the work of the SAE Assembly is available below: