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To: Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

Include professional childminders in new childcare subsidies now

Include professional childminders in new childcare subsidies now

Include professional childminders, who are trained, insured & garda vetted, in the new childcare subsidy scheme right away. Thousands of working parents depend on them. Don't wait until next year.

Why is this important?

At the moment, only 125 childminders are registered with TUSLA & included in the new childcare package in Budget 2017.

However, up to 2000 more professional childminders are:
-Registered members of Childminding Ireland or
-Notified to County Childcare Committees, or
-Registered with Revenue for Childcare Tax Relief
Most of these professional childminders have insurance, garda vetting and training in childcare. Surveys indicate that over 50% have FETAC 5 in childcare.

They are not registered with TUSLA because they are NOT ALLOWED TO, since they mind 3 or fewer children at any one time.

Thousands of parents choose childminding because they feel it's the best for their children. Thousands more rural parents choose a childminder because there is no other option. Thousands more choose a childminder because they offer flexible, often very long hours, to parents, who may need childcare for over 12 hours a day. They should be able to avail of the childcare subsidies at their professional childminders.

The Goodbody Report estimated that there were 19,000 childminders with as many as 57,000 children attending a 'hidden‘ childminding service in 2011. It is completely unacceptable that only 125 childminders (,0.1%) will be included in the new scheme. Ultimately all childminders should be included in some form of registration and all families who choose childminder care should be supported.

In the meantime, at least include those who have spent considerable time and money in becoming professionals and engaging with professional and state agencies.

IT IS UNFAIR TO EXCLUDE THEM WHEN THEY CANNOT REGISTER WITH TUSLA.

IT IS UNFAIR TO THE THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES AND CHILDREN THEY SERVE.

Minister, do the right thing, and include these professional childminders in the new childcare subsidy scheme.

How it will be delivered

via email.


Reasons for signing

  • This is my livelihood - this is how I pay my bills. I have gone to the trouble of educating myself and registering - the government has no right to discriminate when awarding subsidies
  • I'm a professional, registered, insured and experienced childminder for twelve years working in both my own home and parents home and am registered with wccc, I have always delivered a service that my families were pleased with and I've no idea what would be the future for me if the regulations change
  • Minding three or less children is a good way to nurture them. More intimate with a small group.

Updates

2016-10-14 15:09:20 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-10-14 12:27:51 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-10-14 11:38:32 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-10-14 11:17:21 +0100

10 signatures reached