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Budget 2016 needs to have clear commitments on childcare –Councillor Denise Mitchell

23 July, 2015 - by Denise Mitchell

Speaking after the release of the report from the Inter-Departmental Group on Future Investment in Early Years and School-Age Care, Councillor Denise Mitchell and General election candidate for Dublin North Bay has welcomed the report but is calling on the minister to put forward concrete proposals for affordable childcare while protecting workers involved in the sector.

She said:

“I want to welcome this report as a first step in the debate on Childcare, but that’s all it is.  It is very lacking in any concrete proposals for the provision of affordable childcare.

“It talks about additional paid leave for children in their first year as well as the introduction of Early Childhood Care and Education for all children from the age of three. 

“All of this is to be welcomed but unfortunately is does not state when or even if these proposals are likely to implemented.” 

She further added,

“As a working mother myself I am acutely aware of the struggles in finding affordable quality childcare.  So often many parents are relying on their family and friends to help them out as childcare costs are just too high.

“Childcare costs in Ireland are one of the highest in Europe yet childcare workers are often the lowest paid.   This means it is often difficult to retain well qualified staff within a particular service.

“It is imperative that any capping of costs is borne by government funding and not the worker.

“Budget 2016 needs to have a clear commitment and investment into childcare and Minister 

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