Allowance for childcare in capital spend plan ‘a pittance’ – McLellan
Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson for Children Sandra McLellan has described the amount promised to childcare services in the capital spend plan as ‘a pittance’. The Cork East deputy has recalled the government’s desire to institute the Scandinavian model of childcare, which contrasts strongly with the level of funding committed to the area.
Deputy McLellan said:
“There would appear to be a lack of investment in childcare, given the public outcry for better facilities and access in this regard. €11 million a year in early years and youth projects is pittance when looked at from an outside perspective and demonstrates a lack of will to invest in the youth of today.
“From listening to a number of my constituents of Cork East along with a number of stakeholders, early intervention is the way forward. A proactive approach is needed; rather than the reactive one which this government seems to support. Substantial investment is needed in the youth work sector. The work that these people carry out is invaluable and they need to be supported in their endeavours. Most of these workers get by with very limited resources on a daily basis and still produce results when their hands are effectively tied.
“The €136 million being invested in our countries children is merely a token gesture over the course of the 5 years proposed. It’s quite simply a drop in the ocean when analysed and broken down. If the Government are truly serious about childcare infrastructure, and the aspirations towards the Scandinavian model, then why allocate so little?”