Affordable childcare? Government to consider the costs
The biggest concern of moms going back to work in Ireland is childcare. The cost to put two children in to creche can add up to an entire salary, adding real financial pressures to families.
Parents of Ireland will be keen to see the outcome of a new Government plan to ease the burden on hard-pressed families.
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A new “affordability of childcare” scheme is being brought to Cabinet for discussion tomorrow, amid growing concern of the financial pressures on moms going back to work. According to the Irish Independent, tax reliefs and subsidies are on the table for discussion. Key elements of the new plan include the introduction of a second free pre-school year, in addition to the current free year, which benefits 100,000 children yearly. Also, there will be talks around free or heavily subsidised after school activities, like study clubs, after-school clubs and sports clubs. Both would be of great benefit to parents.
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As Ireland is now the most expensive country in the world for childcare, along with the United States, this new scheme will be welcomed by parents . The four main objectives of the new policy will include:
- Supporting parents to care for their children
- Improving children's outcomes
- Addressing issues of disadvantage and poverty
- Improving access to work for parents
It is expected that the new “affordability of childcare” plan will begin this year, but will be rolled out over several years and several Budgets.
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