Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
The Deputy will be aware that the Temporary Childcare Scheme for Essential Health Workers was cancelled on the 13th May.
My primary focus now, and that of my Department, is to work towards the significant challenges of a phased reopening of early learning and childcare facilities for 29th June, in line with the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.
I have established an advisory group to support this process and I have chaired two meetings of this group.
My Department will be communicating with the wider childcare sector in the coming weeks as plans advance
Identifying essential workers, as referred to by the Deputy, is part of the wider Government effort to ensure that society and businesses are re-opened in a carefully managed and safe manner.