Creches advised by government to follow local school closures
Creches will receive their government childcare payments, if they close for snow this week.
Preschool childcare services are being advised to make decisions on whether to close, based on the county's weather status, and on whether local schools are closed.
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has issued its advice today Wednesday February 28. It is following the latest issuing of a Status Red weather warning for Leinster for Thursday from 4pm, and advice by the National Emergency Coordination Group.
It is advising childcare services that local decisions should be taken based on the weather status in their part of the country.
"In making this decision DCYA strongly advises that services have regard to any Met Eireann weather warnings in place, particularly when a red warning is in operation, the availability of transport, the accessibility of roads and whether schools in their area area are open," a spokesperson said.
Creches that get the free childcare payment from government will be paid.
"Provisions are made within the department’s contract with childcare providers for such events and services have been advised that they will be paid for children registered on the government’s childcare schemes should they be forced to close due the weather conditions," the Department has stated.
It says that it has maintained contact with childcare providers and stakeholders throughout the week to keep them informed regarding the weather situation as it evolved.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is Dr Katherine Zappone.
“The welfare and safety of children, staff and parents is paramount and we urge everyone to be safe during this time and to be mindful of their local situation with regards to transport and school closures in their area," she said.
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs said it will continue to participate in the NECG throughout this weather event and issue further advice as the situation evolves.
Conditions are expected to worsen over Thursday and Friday in parts of the country and the NECG are advising that roads should be avoided in Status Red areas due to expected treacherous conditions.