TD for Cork North West, Michael Moynihan has said that he is deeply concerned about the ability of many community childcare crèches to keep up with the growing administrative burden being placed on them by the Government’s changes to its childcare school support schemes, namely the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme and the Single Affordable Childcare scheme.
Deputy Moynihan was commenting after being contacted by a number of community childcare schemes in the North Cork area who are deeply concerned about the increasing level of bureaucracy being forced onto management and staff.
“The limited increase in funding to the ECCE scheme is obviously welcome, but the Minister needs to put in place better support for those running crèches and community childcare facilities.
“They want to be able to provide the care to children, but they cannot deal with the increase in paperwork and administrative work.
“They speak of mountains of paper work piling up on a daily basis resulting in unacceptable pressure on the childcare providers.
“They don’t receive funding to pay for administrative support, so it is falling on childcare providers to cover this part of the scheme as well as looking after the children.
“In many cases it is causing the operators to increase prices to pay for administrative support, which undermines the entire basis of the scheme.
“The objective was to reduce the cost to parents, and the Minister needs to intervene before it gets any worse,” concluded Moynihan.