The Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman TD, today announced a review of the operating and oversight model used to support the delivery of accessible, affordable and high quality early learning care and school age childcare services.
The review will see the establishment of an interdepartmental working group (IDG) objectively examine the architecture which administers various childcare schemes and initiatives, with a remit to recommend improvements based on principles of best-practice.
The IDG is required to report next year, after which the Minister will bring forward proposals to Cabinet about a reformed operating model.
It is expected that the revised model will offer greater efficiency and effectiveness, and modernise a system that was put in place over a decade ago. All relevant stakeholders including Pobal, staff and Boards of 30 City and County Childcare Committees and various National Voluntary Childcare Organisations will be consulted with as part of the Review process.
Commenting on the review, Minister O’Gorman said:
“This review will take a comprehensive and detailed look at childcare in Ireland, to see whether we can be more effective in how we administer various schemes and initiatives. While the structures in place have served the country well, the time is right now to future proof them.
“The review will examine whether they are fit for purpose to deliver on key Programme for Government commitments on childcare reforms. The review of the operating model being announced today is intended as a first, necessary step that will underpin reforms which will deliver affordable, accessible, and high quality childcare.”