Ours is a nanny state with no respect for the nanny - or for the parents
The idea that childcare providers have to return the capitation grant to the Government if children availing of the ECCE scheme miss more than 20 consecutive days just makes my blood boil. It is petty, patronising, patriarchal, bureaucratic nonsense.
It is disrespectful to childcare providers and it is insulting to parents. 'We will gift you and your children 15 hours of pre-school a week,' it says. 'But you must use it exactly as we say or we will take it back'. A nanny state that has absolutely no respect for the nanny.
Let's just think for a moment about the logistics of this. Parents register a child for ECCE with a childcare provider, but for some reason the child has to miss 20 days.