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Minister Zappone launches Open Policy Debate on Draft Childminding Action Plan

Minister Zappone launches Open Policy Debate on Draft Childminding Action Plan 19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n

Published: 16 October 2019
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, this morning launched an Open Policy Debate on her department’s Draft Childminding Action Plan. The event is one of a series of public consultation events on the Draft Plan.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs launched an online survey and a call for submissions in August. In the coming weeks a series of focus groups will take place around the country, to give childminders an opportunity to share their views on the proposals.

Designed to complement the focus groups with childminders, today’s Open Policy Debate drew together a wider range of stakeholders who have an interest in the future of childminding in Ireland.

The Draft Childminding Action Plan aims to recognise the valuable work that childminders do and to ensure they can access the supports they need. It proposes a phased programme of reforms over a 10-year period to bring childminding into the mainstream of regulation, funding and support.

Speaking at the Open Policy Debate, Minister Zappone said:

“The National Childcare Scheme will launch in the coming weeks. Only Tusla-registered providers will be able to take part, and only parents who use Tusla-registered providers will benefit. That is essential if we are to act in the best interest of children, provide some level of assurance to parents on the quality of the service, and offer accountability in the use of public funds. However, I want childminders to be at the heart of the National Childcare Scheme; doing so is in the interests of children, parents and childminders; and so, we need to bring more childminders in to the sphere of regulation and of registration with Tusla.”
Minister Zappone continued:

“Because of the significance of the reforms proposed – potentially bringing funding and support to thousands of childminders and to the children and parents who use their services – I decided to carry out a major public consultation on the Action Plan while it is still in draft form. The feedback received will be of great help as we revise and then finalise the proposals.”

NCS - Note from DCYA​

NCS - Note from DCYA​ DCYA new logo

In a few weeks’ time we will be launching the new National Childcare Scheme, sometimes referred to as the NCS. In March the Minister signalled a target timeframe of Oct 29th for the launch.

The IT system for the Scheme is built and is being piloted at the moment. It is the objective of any pilot to identify any potential snags and a minor snag has been identified. This means that the scheme will now open for applications in November. Payments to parents, as previously advised, will still flow from November.

NCS - Note from DCYA​

NCS - Note from DCYA​ DCYA new logo

In a few weeks’ time we will be launching the new National Childcare Scheme, sometimes referred to as the NCS. In March the Minister signalled a target timeframe of Oct 29th for the launch.

The IT system for the Scheme is built and is being piloted at the moment. It is the objective of any pilot to identify any potential snags and a minor snag has been identified. This means that the scheme will now open for applications in November. Payments to parents, as previously advised, will still flow from November.

Supporting Quality Childcare in Offaly

Offaly County Childcare Committee support the development of quality, affordable, inclusive, accessible childcare and family friendly services for all children in every part of the county.

Offaly County Childcare Committee has been meeting since May 2001 and is made up of representatives from the statutory sector, social partners, community groups, voluntary groups, the Community and Voluntary Forum, National Voluntary Children's Organisations, providers of childcare, and parents - all of whom have a vested interest in childcare provision in the county.

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