Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (230)

Jim O'Callaghan

Question:

230. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether the new inspection and regulatory environment introduced for childcare providers of school aged children is reducing the availability of childcare provision; his plans to review the new regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23388/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Ministerial responsibility for the Childcare regulations concerned rests with my colleague Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone T.D.  I understand that it is not expected that the new inspection and regulatory environment introduced for childcare providers will result in an overall reduction in the number of school-age childcare places.  A public consultation on school age childcare regulation has been launched by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs which is open until 5th July,  Further information and links to the online survey and call for submissions can be found on the DCYA website www.dcya.gov.ie.