Resumption of the pre-school programme postponed and childcare services to remain open for the children of essential workers and vulnerable children only, until 01 February

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Press Release 6th January 21

Resumption of the pre-school programme postponed and childcare services to remain open for the children of essential workers and vulnerable children only, until 01 February

Following Cabinet approval this afternoon (06 January) of the introduction of additional measures under full level 5 restrictions, the Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D. has confirmed the following:

  •  Resumption of the ECCE pre-school programme has been postponed until 1 February.
  • Other childcare services will remain open for the children of essential workers and vulnerable children only.
  • Childminders can also continue to provide care to the children of essential workers and vulnerable children.
  • A household of an essential worker, without an existing childcare arrangement, can form a bubble with another household for the purpose of providing childcare.

Government funding, including the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) as well Early Learning and Childcare schemes, continues to be available to these services in order to allow them to deliver care for children of essential workers and vulnerable children.

In light of the extensive financial supports that are available to the sector, Minister O’Gorman is asking that providers pause payment of fees or return fees paid in advance for parents who are not essential workers and therefore cannot access services between 11 – 31 January.

To view the full announcement visit the Department website here

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