CHILDMINDERS and creche operators across Limerick will have a single body to advise them in the new year with the amalgamation of the city and county childcare committees.
Coinciding with the merger of Limerick’s local authorities, the formation of a unified Limerick Childcare Committee takes effect on January 1.
The change was announced this Tuesday at the Castletroy Park Hotel at a networking event for childcare professionals.
A logo for the new committee was unveiled by Professor Teresa O’Doherty, dean of the faculty of education at Mary Immaculate College, which offers the qualifications required of childcare professionals today.
That logo combines the colour scheme of the county childcare committee with the imagery from the city committee. “Local childcare service providers have benefited greatly from the services provided by both Limerick childcare committees since their establishment in 2001. The amalgamation of the committees from the beginning of 2014 will help to consolidate the important role played by the organisations and will ensure that vital investments in children in their early years will continue in Limerick for years to come,” Prof O’Doherty commented.
Deirdre Minogue, chairperson, Limerick City Childcare Committee, explained the sector had changed considerably since 2001 and continued to evolve.
“From 2014 a National Quality Support Service will be implemented nationally along with reduced-cost accredited training at levels 5 and 6 for practitioners. In conjunction with this, the newly established Limerick Childcare Committee will provide support to childcare services to improve the quality of the service they provide to the children in their care. We look forward to working with practitioners in Limerick city and county during 2014,” said Ms Minogue.
As chairperson of the city childcare committee, Ms Minogue will co-chair the merged entity with her County Limerick equivalent Ann McMahon until the next annual general meeting.