Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (541)

Regina Doherty

Question:

541. Deputy Regina Doherty asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of relevant childcare facilities in existence in County Meath; the procedures in place to conduct regular inspections of such facilities; if anything has emerged in recent years that has given cause for concern regarding the operation of such facilities; if any such facilities have been closed within the past three years, or if directions have issued to any such centres in the past three years to significantly amend or review their operational systems; if parents of children attending such facilities have been so advised; the procedures in place to ensure the childcare facilities meet the highest possible standards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30697/13]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Pre-school services are subject to the Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No.2) Regulations 2006, as provided for under Part VII of the Child Care Act 1991. As the implementation of these Regulations and the inspection of pre-schools is the responsibility of the Health Service Executive (HSE), I have asked that it examines these matters and respond directly to the Deputy with the most up-to-date information.

Question No. 542 answered with Question No.531.