IT Tallaght Students Union are holding a meeting today to discuss the decision of the college to reject the previous crèche’s offer for tender.
Amid fears IT Tallaght will be effectively removing the crèche services for the upcoming academic year, the Students Union have started a petition on Activism.com to take action against the closure the creche.
In a statement they say the decision by IT Tallaght could lead to many students having to drop out.
“With very little notice, students with dependants now face the real problem that they may not be able to return to college due to the cut in support services outlined in the proposal.
“This will only create further barriers and restrictions to access to education.
“The childcare assistance fund is also being cut down to maximum of 1 child per person which will also increase the cost incurred by the students, minimum €400 p/m increase, if two children.
“We are looking at a serious problem that would force students to defer or drop out of college.
“Parents, your classmates, your friends … now face this struggle !!”
Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD, Seán Crowe has also given his support to the students.
Commenting on the decision, he says he is surprised and extremely disappointed for parents who are students at IT Tallaght that the college has decided not to accept any of the tenders submitted for their childcare contract.
Deputy Seán Crowe said:
“This decision will create huge difficulties, uncertainty, and disruption for parents attending IT Tallaght.
“Parents were only recently told that the tender process was unsuccessful and that is likely that there won’t be early years support on campus at the start of term in September.
“We know that there is a growing demand for this service and a lack of childcare on campus will impact on about 40 to 50 parents and children that currently use the facilities.
“Parents are rightly concerned about the lack of provision of early years child care on the expanding ITT campus and are worried sick at the prospect of having to source alternative childcare off campus.
“Anyone that has had to source quality childcare will know of the ongoing difficulties in this sector and sourcing up to 40 to places locally will be a nightmare.
“I have asked the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, if he is aware of this oncoming crisis and plan to write to IT Tallaght to ask them to consider keeping the current provider until a new one is identified and approved.”