Government must invest in Childcare - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has called on the government to “allocate additional new resources in October’s Budget to reduce childcare costs”.
Deputy Adams comments come following a recent survey carried out by Newstalk Radio which found that Louth was one of the top five counties with the highest childcare costs in the state.
Teachta Adams said:
“In the survey of over 130 creches and childcare providers the survey asked for the cost of a two-year old child in full-time care for five days a week.
"It found that that the average monthly cost across the state is €745. Louth's average monthly cost is €771.33.
"That amounts to over €300 more annually for each child.
“Childcare costs in this state are among the highest in the industrialised world. The provision of high-quality, affordable childcare is central to facilitating experienced workers, particularly women, from leaving the labour force.
"Too often high-childcare costs, which are frequently the equivalent of a second mortgage, are preventing a parent from returning to employment.
"This week the National Recruitment Federation added its voice to the call for “proper investment in a structured childcare solution” and it said that in respect of subsidised childcare “this is expenditure that Government can’t afford not to make, if we are to resource our labour market needs and drive economic progress.
"Sinn Féin believes that quality, affordable childcare is socially and educationally advantageous to children.
"Sinn Féin wants an early years sector that we can truly be proud of. In the upcoming Budget in October it is vital that the Government increases investment in the early years sector in order to reduce costs to parents, improve quality standards and arrive at a childcare regime which we can be proud of.”