The Yates Anthology: We must broaden debate on childcare
The debate surrounding Children’s Minister James Reilly’s Inter-Departmental Group Report into future childcare services is uniformly one dimensional. The singular narrative for parents of children under four years is childcare is unaffordable, with costs of up to €1,200 per month per child; one free preschool year must be doubled; taxpayers should pick up all consequent costs.
No one demurred from “Ireland should copy Nordic countries” to ensure careers are unaffected by burdens of rearing kids.
State costs on childcare/early education amount to €260m. An additional annual €500m would be absorbed by taxpayers if the report was implemented forthwith.