Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children, Robert Troy TD, has today queried decisions surrounding a childcare funding announcement made by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald late last week.

It was announced that €900,000 was allocated to two independently managed childcare organisations – Early Childhood Ireland and Border Counties Childcare Network- to deliver childcare training modules commencing before the end of 2013.

The Minister said “This funding will provide subsidised support to 630 existing childcare staff to commence training for a full major award at Level 5 or 6 to meet the new qualification requirements being introduced from September.”

Deputy Troy welcomed the fact this announcement will act as a means of establishing consistent training levels across the country but said a question has arisen around the public procurement procedures adhered to in the allocation of this considerable amount of public funding.

“In the interests of transparency and to ensure public confidence in this decision, I have asked the Minister to provide details of the procurement policy used in allocating the funding. I have specifically asked how many national training organisations were asked to submit a proposal for consideration to deliver on the programme.

“I am also asking the Minister to confirm she is satisfied that the successful organisations have the required qualifications and certificates to deliver the programmes.”