By Caroline Browne, Partner
The Government has been under pressure to improve childcare regulation and enforcement since the RTÉ Prime Time investigation which aired in May 2013, after details emerged about alleged mistreatment of children at three creches.
Before the summer break, the Government approved draft legislation on new sanctions for creches and pre-schools including closure orders and increased fines for non-compliance. The new measures will grant preschool inspectors the power to issue statutory notices and orders to creches and other facilities who are found to be in breach of standards.
These proposed amendments to the Child Care Act 1991 will also introduce a registration system for all preschool services.