Let’s Make Childcare Affordable

Because our current system is too much for a family to bear alone.

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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. This is 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, and that it is haphazard and inefficient. We will reform the childcare support system to provide greater relief to young families.

All Issues in Supporting Young Families

Affordable Childcare

Childcare costs are at an all-time high, with the average cost of a fulltime 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.

Building Affordable Homes for All

The state has to step up and build affordable units in the right places. This is a core part of Fianna Fail’s vision for securing home ownership for the next generation.

Expand the ECCE Scheme

As a society, investing in early care and education is the most valuable investment we can make.

Primary Focus

We will give reduce class sizes and support primary schools.

Supporting Parental Care

More time spent with your child in their first years benefits everyone.

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