Call for private creches to pay 'significant' registration fee

Saturday 01 June 2013 22.54
The new Child and Family Agency is expected to be established within weeks
The new Child and Family Agency is expected to be established within weeks

The chief executive-designate of the Child and Family Agency Gordon Jeyes has said there should be a significant registration fee for all private creches and preschools.

Mr Jeyes who will soon take over responsibility for inspections of childcare facilities said the money generated would then go towards funding training and improvement of services.

The largest representative group for childcare providers Early Childhood Ireland has said any increase to the fee will never be enough to cover the cost of the reforms to the system needed at the moment.

Mr Jeyes told the Irish Times that proposals for a registration system for providers will be advanced as a priority, the current fee is €50.

Also today, came confirmation that the Department of Children last year increased the child to staff ratio for pre school places.

It had been the case that for every 10 children there must be one staff member - but the ratio is now 11 to one.

A spokesperson for the department said the changes only affected those taking part in the free pre-school year.

It said that the lower ratio for the the under threes are unaffected.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil earlier this week that the new Child and Family Agency will be established within weeks.

Keywords: creche, childcare