QUINN’S PARTIAL U-TURN ON SNAs ‘NOT ENOUGH’ SAYS DONEGAL TD

first_imgThe 10% cut to Special Needs Assistants will still go ahead in September despite today’s u-turn by the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn.Fianna Fáil has welcomed Minister Quinn’s late realisation that he made a mistake in signing off an additional 12% cut in resource teaching hours. But the party’s Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has expressed concern that this latest u-turn has not been extended to the additional 10% cut in SNAs.Deputy McConalogue explained, “It will come as a relief to parents and teachers that Minister Quinn once again has realised he made yet another mistake in targeting children with special needs for more cuts in September. However this is not the ‘full reversal’ of special needs cuts that the Minister wants us to believe it is, and which is needed. While he has decided to reverse the 12% cut to resource hours, Minister Quinn’s 10% cut to SNAs still stands. “This means that the 22,000 children who need SNAs will still see a reduction in that support when schools resume in September. The Minister has shown today that it is possible to find the money to protect crucial services for children with special needs when the will is there to do so. I am urging him to do the right thing and reverse the SNAs cuts too, so that no child with special needs suffers a reduction in support from September.“It is interesting that the Minister chose to bundle this announcement out on the eve of the Fianna Fáil motion calling for the reversal of SNA cuts and at a time when the entire news agenda is dominated by the Anglo Irish Bank tapes. It points to yet another failure of judgement on the part of Minister Quinn, and the timing of the announcement suggests a hope that questions about his leadership of his Department will be drowned out.“We recognise the fact that resource hours are being restored and parents will welcome this, but the axe remains over Special Needs Assistants. We will be pushing ahead this evening and tomorrow in our effort to get government backbencher support for the campaign to reverse SNA cuts.”  QUINN’S PARTIAL U-TURN ON SNAs ‘NOT ENOUGH’ SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: June 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:QUINN’S PARTIAL U-TURN ON SNAs ‘NOT ENOUGH’ SAYS DONEGAL TDlast_img read more

DONEGAL CHILDCARE MANAGER URGES SERVICES TO APPLY FOR NEW AFTER-SCHOOL SCHEME

first_imgThe County Childcare Manager is urging all early childhood services in Donegal to apply for the new After-School Scheme aimed at providing up to 6,000 afterschool childcare places for children in primary school. The initiative announced in December’s budget will commence in September 2013. A pilot scheme will start in early 2013, with a small number of places initially available. The places will be targeted at low-income families and will support parents to avail of employment opportunities. These places will be provided to Childcare Providers by way of an extension to the current Childcare Employment and Training Support (CETS) Programme administered by Donegal County Childcare.Avril McMonagle said that although the new After-School Support Scheme is a welcome development as an extension of supports to parents, she also added an air of caution in relation to the wider context of the scheme regarding its child-centredness.“The new after-school places are specifically targeted at unemployed parents moving into low-income employment and would appear to be primarily a labour market scheme as opposed to an initiative that puts children’s welfare first.“This is evident as there is no indication that the scheme will include quality measures, such as the regulation of after-school care including Garda vetting, qualification or training requirements for staff”. Avril added that it is imperative that this public investment is validated by ensuring that all afterschool care is brought under the regulatory framework to ensure the protection of both children and afterschool providers.Current Service Providers who wish to register their intent to participate in the new Scheme can do so by downloading an expression of interest form from the DCCC website www.donegalchildcare.com, the DCCC Facebook page or by emailing the office on [email protected] Completed forms should be returned to DCCC no later than 25 January, 2013. DONEGAL CHILDCARE MANAGER URGES SERVICES TO APPLY FOR NEW AFTER-SCHOOL SCHEME was last modified: January 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Avril McMonagleCounty Childcare Managerlast_img read more