Deputy Fergus O’Dowd.
Deputy Fergus O’Dowd, has welcomed news that a number of significant measures will be implemented to support Ireland’s Childcare Sector.
“This is a very worrying time for parents and childcare workers alike,” O’Dowd said, “it is vitally important that certainty is delivered to ensure that the childcare sector is ready and waiting for the return of normal day to day business.”
“Many facilities have requested that parents continue to pay for their child’s space during the closure, this has put significant financial pressure on parents who fear losing the highly sought after child care spaces.
The supports announced today will only be offered if crèche operators agree to stop charging parents’ from this month on.
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“The Measures announced today will be put in place for up to 12 weeks in line with the Government’s announcement yesterday. This will require a complete buy in by all sides and I hope for everyone’s sake that an agreement can be found.”
The following are the measures announced:
Childcare Providers will be required to sign a new Covid-19 Emergency Agreement. This will require providers to agree to a number of conditions that will include:
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