DCCC says questions remain over vital pre-school supports

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Avril McMonagle, Donegal County Childcare Committee
Avril McMonagle, Donegal County Childcare Committee

The Donegal County Childcare Committee has this week revealed that approximately 20 parents are still awaiting a decision whether their child will be able to commence pre-school on 1st September.
Since DCCC highlighted that half of all grant applications to support children with disabilities to attend pre-school had been refused in July of this year, 14 of these decisions have been overturned by HSE.
In a statement DCCC say that Despite strong assurances from HSE that there was no withdrawal of supports in Donegal and that they have committed the same amount of funding as last year to this area, the amount of funding allocated to date falls far short of the 2015 allocation of €205,000.
In addition, children who can now access 2 pre-school years, due to the expansion of the ECCE scheme have also been refused citing that they have used up their allocation in the previous year.
Whilst DCCC has welcomed the reversal of some of the initial decisions, for the parents who are still awaiting a decision, it has been an anxious summer and time is running out.
Avril McMonagle, Manager of Donegal County Childcare, says with only two weeks to go before children are due to start pre-school, Donegal HSE’s handling of this situation is entirely unsatisfactory and very unfair to both parents and childcare providers.
DCCC hs not been able to secure a meeting with the HSE  to discuss the situation.

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