‘Let’s Talk About Childcare’ campaign seeks parents’ views
Tánaiste and Labour TD for Dublin West, Joan Burton, has welcomed news that a number of childcare facilities in Dublin 15 have been awarded grants today as part of a €7million government scheme for early years services.
Facilities in the local area which benefit from the fund include: Ladybird Lane Childcare Service in Huntstown (€2,230), and Little Learners Creche in Mulhuddart (€27,218). Meanwhile 46 different childcare organisations from across Dublin West will each receive a €500 grant to upgrade their ICT equipment. The scheme covers large scale capital funding, essential medium-scale maintenance, as well as ICT upgrades.
Joan Burton said: “These grants will help childcare providers in Dublin 15 keep up with the demands of a busy modern childcare service. Offering affordable, good quality childcare is a priority for Labour.”
The news comes as Labour launched their new ‘Let’s Talk About Childcare’ campaign this week. The nationwide grassroots campaign is targeting parents who use childcare resources and wants to know their views on how it can be made more affordable. Parents are being encouraged to fill out a short online survey on labour.ie/childcare. The results of the survey will feed into the party’s election manifesto process. A working group has also been set up within the Labour Parliamentary Party to help examine the issues surrounding childcare, while other elements of the campaign include public meetings, online videos and local literature.
Speaking about the campaign, Joan Burton said: “We want to hear from parents about their childcare arrangements, what works and what doesn’t and more importantly how things could be made easier for parents across Ireland. “The Labour Party is currently looking at range of measures to improve childcare for young families, including an extension of paid parental leave, an extension of the free pre-school year, and measures to make childcare more affordable for parents. “In view of this, I’d strongly urge Dublin 15 parents to participate in this simple questionnaire.”