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Sinn Féin is better for childcare- Cllr Nic Cormaic

27 January, 2016 - by Sorcha Nic Cormaic

Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormaic has said that a Sinn Féin led government would be better for childcare and for childcare workers.

Cllr. Nic Cormaic said:

“As a working mother with two young daughters I am fully aware of the challenges faced by young working families.  Dublin Rathdown is one of the most expensive areas in the country in terms of childcare costs”.

Nic Cormaic continued:

“Sinn Féin’s Childcare Policy means a number of things for working families.  It will mean that fees will be initially capped at €180 per week and will then drop down to €150.  Parents will save up to €380 per month per child if they’re paying the current high average monthly childcare fee of €1,100.

“It will mean that parents of children aged 3 years plus will also gain from a further reduction to their childcare bill because they will get an extra 10 weeks (150 hours) of free childcare via the extension of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme to 48 weeks.  Approximately 127,000 children and their parents will benefit from this extension in any given year.

“It will also mean that parents of infants will be supported to care for their own children in their important first years of life as we work towards 52 weeks of maternity or parental leave and increase maternity benefit from €230 p/w to €260 p/w.  Parents will also be able to have greater confidence in the quality of their child’s care as we invest in professional qualifications across the sector, regulation and inspection”.

Nic Cormaic added:

“Our policies are also good for childcare workers.  The major public spending increase on childcare of €858 million proposed by Sinn Féin translates into opportunities for further learning, pay rises and greater job security for those working in the sector.  We are increasing investment in the Learner Fund which will support workers in attaining higher qualifications and we will be structuring the capitation system to provide for recognition of qualifications in higher salary scales.

“Furthermore, we will consult with the sector to further improve conditions and salaries for employees in recognition of their valuable contribution to early childhood education and development.  These are firm commitments from Sinn Féin and we stand by our commitments”.

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