Créche facilities at IT Tallaght will resume on 18th September in time for the new term, according to Dublin South West Independent TD and Children’s Minister, Dr Katherine Zappone.
Minister Zappone says the news will come as a huge relief to many including the 30-students and 14-staff which have been using the crèche.
IT Tallaght had announced in July that its subsidised creche would shut after public tendering did not locate a new provider meeting the college’s criteria.
An open-applications process for a new childcare provider must legally be opened every three years but, after several weeks between February and April, no new provider was found.
Now following meetings between the Minister, IT Tallaght management, Pobal and South Dublin County Childcare Committee an agreement has been reached and there will be no break in service.
Commenting on the news, Minister Zappone said:
“We are changing childcare forever. In the South Dublin County Council area alone we have this summer provided €500,000 to providers for extra places and improved services.
“Despite this important step I was keenly aware that uncertainty over the crèche at IT Tallaght was causing concern for children and parents alike.
“Ensuring the continuation of service was my top priority. My Department and my full time constituency office in Tallaght treated this as an urgent issue which needed a fast solution.
“We worked closely with the South Dublin County Childcare Committee, the management at IT Tallaght as well as the provider and Pobal to secure this solution. Much of this work over many weeks was carried out behind the scenes and away from the public spotlight.
“As a result families using the services of the crèche will not only enjoy the continuation of their service but will also have access to the big improvements we are making in the whole area of childcare.
“As Minister and the local Independent TD I want to acknowledge the hard work of all.”
The créche, which opened in 2010, has since been widely used by student parents to ensure their children are looked after while they pursue their education.