More than 3,200 childcare staff receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment as Social Democrats call for urgent – The Irish Sun

IN a week that saw parents of ­children with additional needs anxiously await a decision on the reopening of schools, it’s been revealed that more than 3,200 childcare staff are currently on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

The figure highlights the many ­difficulties in a sector that has been put under huge strain throughout the Covid-19 epidemic and again calls into the question the level of Government support for the ­country’s youngest citizens.

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3,200 childcare staff are currently on the Pandemic Unemployment PaymentCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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Social Democrats spokesperson for Children, Jennifer ­Whitmore TDCredit: Paul Sharp

Here, Social Democrats spokesperson for Children, JENNIFER ­WHITMORE TD, explains why urgent reform is needed in the sector.

THIS week, much of the focus was on the failed attempts to return children with additional needs to their classrooms.

The Government needs to find a pathway with all stakeholders

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