Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (621)

Michael McGrath


621. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will review a situation in view of the operational and administrative difficulties that arise in which a childcare provider (details supplied) in County Cork has been requested to have two separate registration numbers even though the facilities offered are provided by the same service and at the one address; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28066/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

As per my Department's rules for childcare funding programmes, each building must have a unique reference number:

"All facilities/locations operated by a service must have an individual DCYA reference numberand children must attend the facility/ location in which they are registered."

Each building must also be inspected by Tusla's Early Years Inspectorate to ensure it meets all regulatory requirements. Officials from my Department have reviewed the service provider in question, it is my understanding that this service provider has two buildings in use, and as such each building is required to have a separate DCYA reference number.