No mention of childcare sector in Summer Economic Statement
Labour Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs has expressed his disappointment that there is no mention of the childcare sector in the Summer Economic Statement published today despite the strain these costs put on Irish parents and need to support staff in the sector in the drive to full employment.
Deputy Sherlock said:
“The childcare sector is a critical one if this country is to continue towards full employment, but there is no mention of it in the public expenditure strategy chapter nor throughout the document.
“To not mention it in the Summer Economic Statement shows the lack of importance that this Government gives the sector. There is no discussion of professional wages structures underpinned by government, as campaigned for by SIPTU, and no indication that there is to be any change under the ECCE scheme in terms of supports to providers and workers in the sector.
“Some mention on how we can, as a State, support these vital workers who deal with our children in a critical time of their lives would have been good to see. Alas, we must continue to chip away at the idea that childcare is a luxury item for families.
“If we are serious about achieving full employment we must ensure there is the right supports for families at work. That means significant investment in the childcare workforce to ensure standards are at a high level with professionals not forced out of the sector.”