Lack of affordable and accessible childcare impacting families - Kelly
Speaking after today’s launch of the 2019 Childcare Survey, Catherine Kelly MLA highlighted the negative impact of a lack of quality accessible and affordable childcare in the north.
The West Tyrone MLA said:
“Properly resourced and supported childcare provision is vital to helping children with their development and allowing parents to continue in employment.
“The latest survey launched today highlights a lack of proper childcare provision in the north - with 50% of families spending more than 20% of their overall household income on childcare.
“It’s a reality that households in the north use significantly more hours of childcare than anywhere else on these islands.
“The survey also found that 45% of female parents attributed the cost of childcare as the cause for a change in their work life.
“A lack of accessible and affordable childcare is clearly impacting on parents across the north, particularly lone parents, women and those in rural or isolated areas.
“There is an onus on all of us to ensure the affordability and accessibility of childcare for parents to access and for providers to deliver.
“I commend Employers for Childcare on the launch of the 2019 Childcare Survey today on what marks a 10-year milestone in their research series.”