Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (449)

Robert Troy

Question:

449. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will provide a detailed update regarding the 6,000 after school places as announced in budget 2013. [11067/13]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

As previously advised, the new School Age Childcare initiative, targeted at low-income parents availing of employment opportunities, was announced by myself and my colleague, the Minister for Social Protection, as part of Budget 2013. Eligibility for the programme is a matter for the Department of Social Protection (DSP). Officials from the DSP and my Department are continuing to liaise and are currently considering the operational details of the programme. It is expected that a pilot project will be launched shortly which will assist both Departments in determining the procedures necessary for the full roll-out of the programme in September 2013. Further information will be made available as the work progresses.