Childcare Policy

People Before Profit Childcare Policy

SUMMARY

  1. Childcare should be provided as a universal right. It should be funded through a universally applied progressive taxation system.
  2. In the immediate term, parents should receive a state subsidy for childcare so they only pay a fraction of the cost and fees. As in Denmark parents should pay at most 30% of running costs but services should be free to many low-income families.
  3. Expand the learner Fund to provide support to allow childcare workers to professionalize to progress to FETAC levels 7 and 8. And increase pay levels for these workers.
  4. There needs to be an increase in the regulation of all child-minders and after school services
  5. Paid leave which includes maternity leave, should be structured in such a way that a parent is enabled to remain at home for at least a child’s first year.
  6. Paid paternity leave should be extended and balanced with maternity leave.

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