Fianna Fáil spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, Anne Rabbitte TD, has called on Minister Katherine Zappone to outline how she plans to support parents whose crèches are being closed at short notice by Tusla.
Following Tusla’s announcement on Thursday to shut two more crèches in Dublin – Bubbles Too Crèche, Swords and Annie’s Preschool, Lucan, both of which will now close on 10th January 2020.
Deputy Rabbitte said the Minister needs to appear before the Children’s Committee to explain the supports in place to help parents secure new childcare.
Deputy Rabbitte commented: “With crèche closures becoming more frequent, we’re now seeing how broken the current regulation system is and how it’s negatively impacting on parents. Parents don’t have any options as the capacity just isn’t there.
“We’re in a situation where parents are being left in the dark, oblivious to any regulatory activity that may be going on at their crèche and then, out of the blue, they’re informed the crèche is being closed and they’ve a month to find a new provider. There’s no safety net in place.
“Notwithstanding the fact that it’s important for crèches to meet Tusla’s standards, having met with a large group of parents affected by the closure of Hyde & Seek in Glasnevin, it’s clear how distressing and frustrating Tusla’s closure process is for parents.
“Additional capacity is crucial, but the Government isn’t adequately investing into the sector, nor encouraging the extra spaces. If an increasing number of crèches are going to be closed, I think it’s essential Minister Zappone appears before the Children’s Committee to outline how she plans to curtail the damage being caused instead of just abandoning parents,” concluded Deputy Rabbitte.