The Report is the result of number of hearings held by the Committee, which allowed various stakeholders to address the Committee on developing an affordable and quality childcare system in Ireland.
Some of the recommendations include:
Committee Chair, Jerry Buttimer TD says:
“Since its formation in 2011, the Joint Committee on Health and Children has worked to support the childcare infrastructure in Ireland. We are very conscious of the changing landscape of childcare provision in Ireland and the challenges faced by families and by the childcare sector itself.”
“Report Rapporteur, Sandra McLellan TD, has formed a report based on our hearings and it outlines the main issues to be addressed, namely, the cost of childcare; the quality of childcare and a lack of access to services for some families. High quality child care and education not only benefits children, it is also good for the economy and society as a whole. The Report also address the issues of paid maternity and paternity leave, as well as the issues faced by the families of children with special needs.”
“The Report makes a number of practical recommendations for ensuring adequate supports for children from all sections of Irish society, while also offering a unique approach to suit each individual child’s needs.”
“The Committee would like to extend its thanks to everyone who contributed towards this report. We believe that it offers practical solutions towards nurturing our children and we hope that the Minister for Children will consider this document carefully.”