Affordable Quality Childcare
Labour Party Manifesto

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Reducing costs to parents to €2 per hour and raising quality of care

Labour will make low-cost, high-quality childcare for all children under 12 a reality, while working to ensure those who provide childcare services receive the respect and remuneration they deserve.

In Government, we have expanded the subsidised childcare available to low-income families, introduced the first supports for children with special needs in pre-schools, and passed a referendum enshrining the rights of children in our constitution.

Our plan for the next five years:

  • Cap childcare costs for parents, and reduce these costs to no more than €2 per hour by 2021, with the state funding the remaining cost
  • Increase paid parental leave by three months, to be shared between both parents
  • Improve workplace conditions for those who work with young children
  • Transform the quality of early years care and education by ensuring a higher premium for providers with highly qualified staff