News David Quinn

Saturday 10 December 2016

This Budget discriminates against parents who do not want children in day care

Published 12/10/2016 | 02:30

'How does the Government and Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone possibly justify this? Do they know better than parents what is good for their children? Clearly they think they do.' Photo: Douglas O'Connor
'How does the Government and Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone possibly justify this? Do they know better than parents what is good for their children? Clearly they think they do.' Photo: Douglas O'Connor

Budget 2017 discriminates against every parent of young children who does not use day care. That might mean you. Contrary to what you often read, only a minority of parents put their children into day care and only a minority want to. But the child-care plans outlined in yesterday's Budget are aimed exclusively at those who use day care and no-one else.

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How does the Government and Children's Minister Katherine Zappone possibly justify this? Do they know better than parents what is good for their children? Clearly they think they do. They think your young child is better off in so-called 'early education' than in the daytime care of a parent, a relative, or another childminder.

Don't confuse this issue, by the way, with the question of whether mothers (or fathers) of young children should go out into paid employment or stay at home with their children. Many parents who happily use alternatives to day care both work. Possibly granny looks after their children during the day. This Budget, this Government, and our Children's Minister have absolutely nothing to offer you.

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