Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Questions (224)

Michael McGrath

Question:

224. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the reason a private preschool in County Cork is being asked for Garda clearance for an employee who is employed for the last year and a half in the preschool. [21801/14]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Following recent amendments to the Child Care Act 1991, the new Child and Family Agency (CFA) now has responsibility for the inspection of childcare services. Inspection is carried out to monitor compliance with the Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No 2) Regulations thereby ensuring the health safety and welfare of children enrolled in pre-school services.

The above Regulations require that a person carrying on a pre-school service shall ensure appropriate vetting of all staff, students and volunteers who have access to a child. Appropriate vetting includes the requirement to provide police vetting from other police authorities for members of staff who previously lived outside the jurisdiction.