Saturday 23 September 2017

The goal is clear: time for action on childcare

Ireland's prohibitive childcare costs are playing havoc with the current needs of parents and the future needs of the economy (Stock picture)
Ireland's prohibitive childcare costs are playing havoc with the current needs of parents and the future needs of the economy (Stock picture)

Every child knows a goal without a plan is just a dream. And the goal of affordable, quality childcare will remain a dream unless the Government implements long-overdue plans to ease the childcare burden of parents, especially parents whose children have disabilities.

It could also turn into an election nightmare for parties seeking to curry votes from hard-pressed parents already grieved by the imposition of water charges.

Ireland's prohibitive early childcare costs, as well as a national imbalance in access to quality and affordable childcare, is playing havoc with the current needs of parents and the future needs of the economy.

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