Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Questions (1148)

Darren O'Rourke

Question:

1148. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when au pairs and childminders who work alone minding children in another home can return to work; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6767/20]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

As per HSE guidance and in accordance with the regulations under the Health (Preservation and Protection and Other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act 2000, childminders who care for the children of essential workers in the children's home were permitted to continue working after childcare facilities were closed on 12 March, and are themselves considered essential workers.

Phase 3 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, which is currently scheduled to begin on 29 June, provides for the opening of childminders (along with the opening of creches and preschools) for essential workers, in a phased manner.