Donegal children losing out on childcare due to loophole – McConalogue

 

Children

It's been claimed that Donegal children are losing out on childcare as a result of an enrolment loophole.

Under the current scheme, children can only be admitted to the scheme in September, January and April.

This means that the number of weeks of childcare that kids are entitled to depends on what time of the year they were born.

Deputy Charlie McConalogue is calling on the Children’s Minister to close a loophole in the ECCE system, which limits enrolment options for children in Donegal.

Under the current scheme, children can only be admitted to the scheme in September, January and April, which means that the number of weeks of childcare that they are entitled to depends on what time of the year they were born.

Deputy McConalogue discussed how parents have been contacting him frustrated by the system, especially when their child cannot access the childcare, which has been promised by the Government.

He added that, childcare is one of the biggest issues in county Donegal, especially for families where both parents want to work.