Carlow is consulted about new childcare

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Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone at her offices on Mespil Road. Pic Steve Humphreys 14th October 2016

CARLOW Regional Youth Service are being consulted about their concerns over the new National Childcare Scheme which will come into affect in August, according to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone.

The act plans to offer grants and subsidies for children to attend creches.

Due to new regulations on staff ratios many childcare services are reducing the number of places for older children. The new requirements state there must be 1 staff member per 12 children.

They say the scheme  will close down three after-school services in Carlow and means 99 children will no longer get after-school support.

Speaking in Dáil, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said it was important that they do hear from the Carlow service.

The NCS will provide financial support for parents towards the cost of childcare. It will provide a system from which both universal and targeted subsidies can be provided towards the cost of childcare.

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