Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Coade concerned with childcare system

Posted by
editor@newrytimes.com
Friday, June 12th, 2020
Coronavirus

Newry and Armagh Alliance representative Jackie Coade has expressed concerns regarding the state of the childcare system in Northern Ireland.

Like other struggling sectors following the Covid 19 crisis, childcare is on the brink of collapsing, she warned.

 

 

NICMA (Northern Ireland Childminding Association) is concerned that hundreds of registered child-minding businesses will not survive the Covid-19 outbreak as they struggle financially without support, and that the safety of children could be put at risk.

Childminders have seen their business disappear overnight, freeing the market for unregistered child-minders to step in to provide the service without the necessary safeguarding.

Speaking to Newry Times, Ms Coade stated, “It is imperative that childminders are not left behind following the Covid 19 crisis.

“Any economic recovery package needs to include childminders who are now struggling financially with no furloughing made available to them, reduced numbers of children due to restrictions, confusion within the Childcare Support Scheme for childminders and a lack of communication amongst organisations.

 

 

“Childminders I have spoken to in Newry and Armagh don’t want money thrown at them, they want to get back to work.

“In order to do this they need clarification from the departments on how many children they can resume working with.

“Childminders are valued members of our workforce and provide a valuable service for working parents.

“At the moment I think it’s fair to say they are feeling undervalued,” she insisted.

“Confusion has now set in regarding two definitions of key workers. One from the health trusts regarding key workers only.

“The other regarding those who qualify via the Education Authority.

“This confusion has resulted in those who are now unable to get childcare looking to unregistered childminders or grandparents for support.

 

 

“This obviously brings health risks with it. Unregistered individuals will not have been vetted; it will be a safeguarding issue and they will definitely have no public liability insurance.”

Ms Coade added, “Using unregistered childminders can be very dangerous as it presents its own risks and can be a health and safety issue for the children involved.

“It is important that we do everything we can to ensure childminders within Newry and Armagh are given the right support following covid 19 as we make our way into a possible recession.”

 

Keep up to date with all the latest Northern Ireland Coronavirus / Covid-19 news HERE

 

___________________________________

Dear Newry Times reader,

Newry Times has been providing the latest breaking news in Newry and Mourne for nearly ten years now and today we’re asking for your help to keep us doing the jobs we love.

Newry Times relies on advertising from local businesses, local Councils, and hospitality businesses.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic all advertising has ceased.

Your contribution, however small, will go towards revamping the Newry Times website to keep it engaging, informative and high quality.

It will help us pay for freelance journalists and photographers and ultimately help us to continue to provide breaking news to you, our 14,000+ readers.

We will always keep our news content free of charge for everyone in Newry & Mourne to read and we promise to always cover stories that matter to you.

Any donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.

Paul Malone, Newry Times Editor

DONATE NOW BY CLICKING HERE

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

-->

This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing editor@newrytimes.com

Log in