Welcome to this Survey

Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important.

We welcome your views in relation to regulations and quality improvement frameworks in School-Age Childcare (SAC) which will inform the work of DCYA in this area.

Background

·         The Action Plan on School-Age Childcare (2017) recommended the development of a comprehensive set of Quality Standards for SAC and introduction of a robust quality assurance system for SAC services with statutory regulation, similar to that provided by the Tusla EY Inspectorate. The regulations and standards to be considered by DCYA in the longer term, with phased reforms for consideration in the immediate term.

·         The Standards Working Group developed draft National Quality Standards for centre based SAC services (2018). This document comprised of principles, standards, components, elements and further useful information. It was envisaged that this document would be published and services could work towards these standards during which time regulations would be developed.

·         The forthcoming introduction of the National Childcare Scheme necessitated a change in the sequence of actions involved in developing regulations and standards for SAC. In order to enable SAC services participate in the new scheme this change has involved introducing Registration Regulations at an earlier point.

·         DCYA intends to develop comprehensive regulations and a quality improvement framework for the SAC sector suitable to private or community operated; centre based services, school-based services, standalone services and childminders. Its work will be informed by submissions received in response to this open call.

·         Individuals or organisations with an interest in School-Age Childcare services can make a submission by sending the completed form with relevant attachments to SacQuality@dcya.gov.ie by Friday 5th July at 17:00

What do we mean by:

School Age Childcare

School Age Childcare is defined as any service for school-age children from 4 up to 15 years old, the primary purpose of which is to care for children where their parents are unavailable. The Child Care Act 1991 (as amended by the Childcare Support Act 2018) excludes from this definition services that solely provide activities relating to —

1.       The Arts.

2.       Youth work.

3.       Competitive or recreational sport.

4.       Tuition.

5.       Religious teaching.

Within this legal definition, School Age Childcare services can operate in a range of ways such as before school, afterschool and during school holidays.

 

Supporting documentation

The draft standards document and the initial Regulations are available from the DCYA website.

Closing date

The closing date for this consultation is 5 July 2019 at 17:00.

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