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Childcare Supports for Homeless Families and Programme Refugees

July 11, 2017

Wider access to childcare for families who are homeless and new supports for programme refugees

On Monday 10th July 2017, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, announced extended supports for families experiencing homelessness and new supports for programme refugees under the CCS Resettlement/Relocation/Transition. ECI welcomes and supports Government initiatives to assist families in crisis with their childcare costs. However, ECI has communicated our concerns about the flat rates being paid under these and other schemes. We do not believe that the current subsidies and supports reflect the real cost of childcare. We continue to urge the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, to expedite the independent review of the cost of providing quality childcare in private and community settings, consistent with the principle of ongoing professionalisation of the sector. This was committed to in the Programme for Partnership Government, May 2016. The review must look at the variations that impact the cost of quality childcare provision like: community/private; geography; disadvantage and future cost pressures such as wages. Future investment in all government funded childcare schemes should reflects the review’s findings.  The review should also include work to inform the development of a Sustainability Policy for the sector.

 

The following is for information purposes.

Homeless Children (0-5 year inclusive)

In addition to providers receiving a €110 flat rate per child (to include provision of a daily meal) for 5 days of part-time care (3:31-5 hours), the scheme is now open to sessional pre-school services who will receive a €62.50 flat rate per child (to include provision of a daily meal) for 5 days of sessional care (2:16-3:30 hours). Both payments relate to children aged 0-5 years old inclusive. Please note that the daily meal must be nutritious but it does not have to be hot.

 

Homeless Children (6-12 years inclusive)

The scheme has also been extended to provide free school age childcare to children aged 6-12 years over the summer months and during other school breaks. A €110 flat rate per child (to include provision of a daily meal) for 5 days of part-time care (3:31-5 hours) applies. Again, to note, the daily meal must be nutritious but it does not have to be hot.

 

Programme Refugees

In September 2015, in response to the humanitarian crisis in Southern Europe due to mass migration from areas of conflict in the Middle East and Africa, Ireland committed to receiving 4,000 programme refugees for resettlement and relocation throughout Ireland. ‘Resettlement’ refugees come from outside the EU, e.g. UNHCR refugees from Lebanon. ‘Relocation’ refugees were asylum seekers already in the EU, e.g. Italy and Greece. As part of this commitment, the need to provide childcare services to refugee families was identified and the entitlement for children of both resettlement and relocation refugees has now been aligned:

A flat rate of €95 per week, for part-time (3:31-5 hours) childcare over 4 days per week for a maximum of 60 weeks will be paid in relation to each child attending under CCS ‘Relocation/Resettlement’.

Service Providers must already be in contract with DCYA under the CCS/CCSP programmes to be eligible.   Access to CCS Resettlement/Relocation/Transition will be on an ‘as requested’ basis only, and must be requested by Service Providers.  Service Providers can request that their service be enabled to provide CCSRRT on PIP by contacting their local CCC.

Full details can be found in the DCYA press release.

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