Dáil debates

Thursday, 22 September 2022

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation

 

12:30 pm

Photo of Ivana BacikIvana Bacik (Dublin Bay South, Labour)

I spoke earlier about the rising costs of childcare. A constituent has contacted me because, despite staff seeing a very welcome pay increase at the crèche her children attend, a sizable fee increase has been imposed upon parents. The concern she and many constituents, and others throughout the country, have is that crèches and childcare facilities may have signed up to the new core funding model without passing on any benefit to parents. Indeed, parents are now seeing prices and fees rise in childcare facilities.

Is the Government planning to make accessible to parents any list of those facilities that sign up to core funding? How is it proposed to link the core funding allocation with the reduction of costs to parents? Parents are hearing, even from the Tánaiste just now, about reductions in cost that will come about but we need to know when and how that will happen. When will parents actually feel the benefit? When will their children be able to access affordable childcare?

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