Investing in the Early Years of Childcare
Fianna Fáil believes that prioritising investment in childcare and Early Years Education is one of the most important issues for Irish society. Our proposed investment in childcare services will ensure the well-being and global development of children from an early age as well as encouraging equal labour force participation of men and women. It is also necessary to ease the often crushing cost of child care for working families.
The current costs of childcare pose an unbearable burden on young families. Across the European Union, childcare costs represent around 12% of a family’s income on average, while in Ireland it accounts for 35%.
Pre-school care for two children – on average €400 per week – is not manageable for many working families. These costs are disproportionately impacting on women, forcing them to limit their working hours to reduce crèche and childcare bills. This has a knock-on effect for their pay and career progression.
Fianna Fáil has a number of measures for supporting and enabling parents with young children including:
- Expanding paid maternity (parental) Leave as well as an added year of the Free Preschool Year Scheme which we first introduced in 2009.
- Developing and implementing child-friendly tax credits to help families take care of pre-school aged children.
- Introducing measures that improve the quality of Early Childhood Education, ensuring that child care workers are paid a living wage.
- Increasing access to pre-school for children from low-income families and encourage greater participation in mainstream crèches and pre-schools for children with special needs.
Fianna Fáil Accessible, Flexible and Affordable Childcare in Ireland.pdf
|Date:||20th July 2015|
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