Childcare costs that are realistic.
Childcare costs are at an all-time high, with the average cost of a full-time childcare place for a pre-school aged child now at more than €155 per week, far beyond what is affordable for most people in Ireland. Childcare costs amount to a third of a family’s net income in Ireland, more than twice as much as the average in the OECD.It is a shocking indictment on our country that we expect young families to bear these costs alone, especially when there is a disproportionate impact of this policy on women.
We believe that the current childcare system ignores those on middle income, that it is haphazard overall and that it is simply not efficient. We will reform the childcare support system to provide greater relief to young families.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to reduce childcare costs
Make it easier for parents using childminders to access subsidies.
Increase subsidies for middle-income earners.
Invest in crèches to ensure high-quality, sustainable care.
Ensure all children have access to two years of the ECCE programme.