Cork childcare providers say they may be forced to engage in ‘flash closures’

A Cork childcare provider says some providers may be forced to engage in ‘flash closures’ unless the government changes their proposals for funding the sector.

Kelda Browne runs several Montessori services in Glanmire and is travelling to Dublin to take part in a protest outside Leinster House to call for more funding for Early Childhood Care and Education providers.

The Federation of Early Childcare Providers is warning that hundreds of pre-school providers could be forced to close permanently and say 45 per cent of providers surveyed would be willing to engage in flash closures where parents are not advised of the closure in advance, in a bid to highlight the precarious situation many providers find themselves in.

The survey also found that 79 per cent of childcare providers say business costs have increased dramatically this year, with fears some providers will be unable to pay their staff going forward.

Speaking to RedFM News, Kelda Browne from ‘Toddle Inn Montessori’ in Glanmire says the government needs to engage with the sector:

“Our rent is going up, electricity is going up. Everything is going up the cost of living in general, even the cost of supplying art materials to the children is going up. You know, everything  has increased, the problem remains the same. Everything is increasing. We just need to increase wages so that we can retain staff so that they can keep their quality of life good, but we need to get the funding to do that.”



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