Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Karen Mullan MLA has welcomed the announcement a £12million Covid-19 Childcare Support scheme is being developed for emergency childcare provision.
The Foyle MLA said:
“Childcare providers have been in an extremely uncertain position for weeks since they were told to close their premises as a result of the COVID-19.
“Providers tend to be small community businesses, with some not-for-profit social enterprises or charity-based and most with few resources to draw upon during this crisis.
“I welcome the news that officials will be contacting childcare providers, providing information about their entitlement to support and inviting them to apply. It’s anticipated that this week childcare providers and childminders who are eligible for financial assistance under the childcare provision scheme will receive an application form.
“This is welcome news and hopefully will begin a process of securing the future for our childcare sector.”