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