Families in travel quarantine must still pay crèche fees

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Amy Molloy

Parents who bring their children on holiday to a country not on the green list will still have to pay crèche fees despite them not being allowed to attend for two weeks, a childcare company has warned.

Links Childcare, which runs 11 crèches across Dublin, has advised parents they must inform the crèche manager about any upcoming travel.

"If the country to which they are travelling is not on the green list, the children must self-isolate for 14 days on their return to Dublin and may not attend crèche," the company said.

"The green list is liable to regularly change or amend.

"For the purpose of this policy, the green list that applies is the one in existence on the date of return from the foreign country.

"Full crèche fees apply during the period of self-isolation. All families returning to crèche after holidays will be asked to sign a declaration."

Links operates crèches in Portmarnock, Malahide, Drumcondra and Leopardstown.

It said the safety and welfare of children and staff was of "paramount importance".

As part of its childcare policies and procedures during Covid-19 restrictions, the company said it was introducing these restrictions in line with the Department of Health's travel advice.

"This policy is issued to ensure the health and safety of all," Links stated.

"It should be read against a backdrop of Government advice that all unessential foreign travel is to be avoided and that the safest option for holidays in 2020 is to remain in Ireland."

Parents were notified of the policy on July 23.

It comes after it emerged separately that a childcare worker at a crèche in Dublin tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from a trip abroad. Parents whose children attend the facility received a message alerting them to the fact that a childcare worker had contracted the virus. The memo sent out last weekend stated that the member of staff who attended work for one day on Monday, July 13, had tested positive for Covid-19.

According to HSE guidelines, if there is a confirmed case of Covid in a childcare setting, the facility will be contacted by a public health official to identify anyone who has been in contact with them during the period they were infectious. They will also advise them on any actions or precautions that should be taken.