Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Questions (1116)

Niamh Smyth


1116. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the insurance arrangements that will be put in place in respect of childcare workers providing childcare to health workers; and if these arrangements will incur an additional cost on parents or providers. [5826/20]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

As the Deputy will be aware,  I announced on 13 May that the Temporary Childcare Scheme for Essential Health Workers would not proceed from 18 May as planned. Unfortunately, uptake for the scheme among early learning and care and school aged care providers was much lower than was hoped, for a variety of reasons, and so the scheme had to be cancelled.