Cúram Leanaí Inacmhainne

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.

Core 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.

Expand The ECCE Scheme

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

Supporting Parental Care

The first years of a child life are a critical period, and it is no surprise that many parents wish to spend as much time as possible with their children when they are so young. Parental leave also benefits the wellbeing of parents.

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