Saturday 3 December 2016

Government missed a trick by not tackling paid parental leave

Published 14/10/2016 | 02:30

Parents should be supported (picture posed)
Parents should be supported (picture posed)

In his column on October 12 reacting to the affordable childcare plan announced in Budget 2017, David Quinn states that it "discriminates against the very large number of parents who don't use day care and, crucially, don't want to either".

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He argues that if parents were offered a cost-neutral childcare option they would likely choose to care at home on a full-time basis.

He neglects to mention that parents already have a choice for three- and four-year-olds - and the almost universal take-up of the free preschool years indicates that many parents welcome this support regardless of whether they work inside or outside the home. Parents recognise that participation in high-quality childcare settings has many positive benefits for children in terms of their overall development by providing them with more than simply a place to be while their parents are at work.

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