Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Staying with the situation with childcare providers, I want to raise a slight variation on the issue of registration. Last week, we discussed with the Minister the fact that over 200 childcare providers have not engaged in any way with the system while several hundred others had not completed registration. At that point, the Minister confirmed that they would not be in a position to be funded in the new year. Parents and staff are concerned that these providers may not be able to open and services might not be available in the new year. We know the registration deadline has passed. Can we get clarity on providers which have not in any way engaged or have failed to provide the minimum amount and, as a result, are not registered any longer? Are they going to be in a position to reopen in the new year? Will parents have services available?