Stu­dents still funded af­ter creche closes

Bray People - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS IN Bray Adult Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre whose chil­dren are in the creche there will still be en­ti­tled to fund­ing for child­care af­ter the clo­sure of the fa­cil­ity in June.

The Kil­dare and Wick­low Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Board an­nounced last week that due to a fund­ing short­age they will no longer op­er­ate the creches in Wick­low, Ark­low and Bray.

The clo­sure will take ef­fect at the end of June fol­low­ing the end of the Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate.

‘I’ve no­body to mind my child, I’ll have to give up my ed­u­ca­tion,’ said one woman at­tend­ing the Bray ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre who did not wish to be named.

She said she found out about the move when a no­tice was put up in the creche. She ex­plained that she pays €25 per week at the mo­ment and can’t af­ford to pay any more than that. ‘Stu­dents are be­ing let down,’ she added.

How­ever, KWETB will be putting the creche fa­cil­ity out to ten­der in the hope that a pri­vate op­er­a­tor will come in and take it over.

The board said in a state­ment that they had done ev­ery­thing in their power to keep the child­care fa­cil­i­ties open but cut­backs made it im­pos­si­ble to run them.

Fund­ing streams are still avail­able to the par­ents at­tend­ing ed­u­ca­tion at the County Wick­low bod­ies and can be catered for by pri­vate creches.

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