Childcare workers upskilling ahead of reopening

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CHILDCARE workers in Limerick have rallied to get the skills to reopen safely after the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

Almost 260 childcare workers from 124 businesses across Limerick are undertaking Skillnet Ireland’s ‘ReBound – Back to Business Safely’ training in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland.

And representatives of Limerick childcare providers have welcomed the stimulus package announced by Government.

Early Childhood Ireland supports 3,800 childcare members across Ireland, who provide education and care for more than 100,000 children and their families.

Commenting on the stimulus package Frances Byrne, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Early Childhood Ireland, said, “We are really pleased to see the continuation of the wage subsidy scheme and other business supports.

“It is critical that the stimulus package supports childcare services to re-open in the safest and most effective way possible. Our sector has previously availed of government supports to allow summer services re-open confidently at the end of June. We now look forward to the full re-opening of the sector in late August.”

Launched in collaboration with four Skillnet Networks, the training equips childcare providers and practitioners with the information and skills they need to re-open safely in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To date, 6,907 childcare practitioners have registered from across 1,502 member organisations of Early Childhood Ireland for training delivered by Duhallow Skillnet, Limerick Chamber Skillnet, Midlands Border East Skillnet and Next Level Skillnet.