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Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone promising ‘up to’ 19,000 childminders will be regulated as she launched the Draft Childminding Action Plan and Public Consultation Process.
It was reported last year almost 90,000 young children are cared for by childminders every day in Ireland but that only 120 childminders are registered with authorities.
Under the new draft childminding action plan to be launched today, support and regulation in the sector will be extended to all paid, non-relative childminders, with a “phased approach” to the reforms.
The childminders will have to be Garda vetted and be trained in first aid. They will also be required to have “bespoke” qualifications, although the department has not yet decided what level these will be at.
Can this possibly end well?
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