Tuesday 24 April 2018

David Coleman: Tax policies are anti-family and children are paying the price

The key is that we should be supporting parents, not the childcare industry.
The key is that we should be supporting parents, not the childcare industry.
David Coleman

David Coleman

ALONG with many thousands of other parents, I watched the RTE Investigations Unit's documentary, 'A Breach of Trust' last Tuesday night. I was shocked to witness what seemed to me to be, at the very least, the emotional abuse of such young and vulnerable children.

I then listened to, and occasionally added to, the discourse in the following days. What has somewhat saddened me, in listening to the many hours of professional and political opinion is the underlying assumption that attending paid childcare is the only option for our nation's infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

All of the debate was about the standard of childcare, the quality of childcare, the training of childcare staff and the responsibility of managers and creche owners. None of the debate even questioned our reliance on childcare, compared to parents caring for their own children.

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