DCYA Press Release: Have your say on School Age Childcare

Have your say on School Age Childcare
Public Consultation launched ahead of National Childcare Scheme

Tuesday 21st May 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, today launched a public and stakeholder consultation process on future regulations and a quality improvement framework for school-age childcare.

The numbers of families accessing school-age childcare has seen significant growth and development in recent years.  It is expected that the families of more than 21,000 school going children will benefit from subsidies through the National Childcare Scheme when it starts later this year.  In addition, €3.45m in capital funding has been invested since 2017 to create an additional 6,131 school-age childcare places. 

Last December Minister Zappone signed Regulations which provided for the registration of school-age childcare services. These initial Regulations came into force in February, enabling services that register with Tusla to take part in the National Childcare Scheme when it opens. 

The National Childcare Scheme will provide financial support towards the cost of childcare for parents availing of these services.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is now seeking to build on this work by developing comprehensive Regulations and a quality improvement framework. This work will build on draft quality standards that were prepared by a national working group in 2018 and which are being published as part of the public consultation.

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