All early learning and childcare services can continue to operate from the beginning of January
Donegal parents will be happy to learn that following the announcement by the Taoiseach yesterday evening of reintroduction of full Level 5 restrictions, the Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, TD confirmed last night that all early learning and childcare services can continue to operate from the beginning of January.
This includes full operation of the Early Childhood Care and Education programme, which is set to resume on Monday next, January 4, for most services.
Under the new restrictions announced this evening and in line with the Plan for Living with Covid-19, schools and early learning and childcare will continue to operate in Level 5 and are deemed essential, with schools reopening at a slightly later date of Monday, January 11.
"The public health advice has indicated that the continued operation of early learning and childcare services is safe.
"Continued operation of these services is also in the interest of children and is critical for working parents, especially those in the workforce on whom we rely to deliver essential services.
"My department will continue to ensure that all early learning and childcare providers and professionals are supported to deliver their services safely," said Minister O’Gorman.
Due to the short extension to the Christmas break for schools, and the heightened level of restrictions some fluctuation in attendance at early learning and childcare services is expected.
The minister confirmed that his department would continue to make payments for its schemes where attendance in January is lower than anticipated.
Minister O’ Gorman will meet with the Early Learning and Childcare Covid-19 Advisory Group today, Thursday, December 31 to brief sectoral representatives on this matter.
Continued strict adherence to public health measures by families and early learning and childcare providers is urged.
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