Friday 9 December 2016

The Yates Anthology: We must broaden debate on childcare

Published 25/07/2015 | 02:30

Having a child involves a gross earnings cumulative cost of €200,000 up to 20 years
Having a child involves a gross earnings cumulative cost of €200,000 up to 20 years
Trainer Aidan O'Brien

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.

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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.

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