CHILDREN’S services across York look set to get a share of £800,000 in much-needed funding.

On Monday, City of York Council’s children and young people’s services and advisory panel are set to meet to discuss the allocation of funding to local organisations working with children.

Applications include £7,318 for a Dunnington play scheme called Dunnington Children to provide a classroom and picnic tables, and £6,367 for Clifton Day Nursery for IT equipment and to put up a wooden shelter.

Wheldrake Pre-School could get £10,000 to work with Derwent Ducklings to create an outdoor learning area, while Poppleton Ousebank nursery is bidding for £925 to build an outside shelter.

The authority has been allocated £420,600 for 2009/10 and £419,600 for 2010/11 by the Government, through the Children’s Early Intervention Fund and Better Play Grants.

The decision about which bids were put forward was overseen by a sub-group of the YorOK Board, which drew up a set of criteria for the applications.

Coun Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat executive member for children’s services, praised the work done by all those who work with children in York.

She said: “There are so many groups doing fantastic work with children and young people in York, it is a shame we cannot fund them all.

“I know that the group that considered these applications looked at them very carefully.

“They wanted to make sure that the funding was carefully targeted at areas of greatest need and made sure to take on board the views of the young people themselves.

“I look forward to the discussion at my advisory panel and making the decision to take this forward.”