Friday 9 December 2016

One size doesn't fit all with childcare

Government needs to open its eyes to the pressures and challenges of raising a family and appreciate everyone who plays a part

Maria Scanlon

Published 23/10/2016 | 02:30

Invaluable: Maria Scanlon with son Christofer, who thrived while being cared for by his grandparents Photo: Tony Gavin
Invaluable: Maria Scanlon with son Christofer, who thrived while being cared for by his grandparents Photo: Tony Gavin

As an educated, confident, single parent of a strapping 12-year-old, I was very pleased to read Sarah Carey's article in this newspaper last week outlining some of the foreseeable teething issues with Children's Minister Katherine Zappone's childcare grant.

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The article put some much-needed perspective on the short-sightedness that is evident in certain government policies and subsidies that don't always address what is the best solution for each child or care-giver.

Depending on individual circumstances, as well as the insurmountable costs of getting to work - Leap Cards, parking fines (yes it happens to the best of us!), lunch (if you forget to make your own sandwiches at 6am) and rising fuel costs to drive your child to granny/childcare/friend - there is also the stress of commuter traffic and the challenge of trying to find a parking space. Or the far-from-blissful experience of being on a crowded early morning Dart or bus. These are all challenges that people like me going to work have to face.

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