Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire, Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, today welcomed the measures announced by the Government to support the parents, employers and the childcare sector.
Deputy Carroll MacNeill said: “Our creches have been closed for public health reasons during the Covid-19 emergency. The measures announced by the government will help parents and will help sustain an important sector for getting back to work.
“The plans announced will
– help maintain the employer employee relationship, and help childcare providers bounce back from Covid-19, and re-open their services to parents
– ensure parents keep their childcare spot in their current provider and remove fee burden when creches are closed
– keep continuity for young children in existing care arrangements
“Many crèches would be eligible for the new Covid-19 Income Support scheme of 70% payment of wages for a 12 week period.”
Deputy Carroll MacNeill concluded: “As the parent of a child in crèche, I welcome this certainty in this crucial sector.
“For parents, workers and providers, for employers who will want their staff back as quickly as possible, for the self- employed and most importantly, for our children’s ongoing development by remaining in their existing care places.
“This will take the pressure off parents next month, just a little, and is a very welcome move by this Government.”