The Child and Family Agency will bring together for the first time a number of bodies; the HSE Child and Family Services, The Family Support Agency, The National Education Welfare Board and other services relating to the psychological welfare of children and to domestic, sexual and gender based violence.
The Bill allows for a number of changes which have direct relevance for early childhood care and education services.
Under the Bill:
The Early Years Inspectorate (previously the Pre-School Inspectorate) will move from the HSE to the Child and Family Agency
The Minister will now have authority to set minimum qualification requirements for staff in early childhood care and education services
Legislation has been amended to allow for the regulation of school age childcare
The sector will move from a system of ‘notification’ to a system of ‘registration’