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Childcare strategy needs to reflect concerns of all – Jennifer McCann

12 March, 2014 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann said quality, affordability and flexibility were the key needs considered by parents from the black and ethnic minority communities when accessing childcare services.

Jennifer McCann was at the launch of Believe in Childcare this morning. The report identified the childcare needs of parents from black and ethnic minorities.

“Today’s report illustrates once again illustrates what the key elements that most parents look for when they are accessing childcare for their children,” said the West Belfast

“It looks specifically at the needs of the black and minority ethnic communities. Participants to the survey were drawn from 25 different countries speaking 24 different languages, all of whom had come to live and work here.

“It identified added issues that many parents from the black and minority ethnic communities face such as lack of awareness of rights and benefits, and the difficulties with working atypical hours or zero hour contracts.

“It is important that as the Executive develops its childcare strategy that it addresses the concerns of all families living here.”

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