11 February 2016

Fianna Fáil’s proposed childcare policies fall short of ensuring our country’s young children get the best possible start in life.

Fianna Fáil’s childcare support credit excludes many families and would do little for those who work less than 25hours per week.

Their proposals would directly affect teachers who are contracted to work 23 hours per week and therefore are not fully eligible to their childcare support credit.

In contrast, Labour’s progressive childcare plan means that:

• Cap childcare costs for parents at €4.25 per hour, or €170 per week;

• Progressively increase the state subsidy so that the cost parents pay is reduced to no more than €2 per hour by 2021;

• Increase paid parental leave by three months, to be shared between both parents

• Transform the quality of early years care and education with greater funding for providers with highly qualified staff;

• Provide all staff working with children with one hour of paid time each week to plan their work.

Fianna Fáil may talk about supporting the family unit but are clearly not willing to prioritise it.




Contact Ciara Conway at 0876528562


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