Labour Women have launched ‘Let’s talk about childcare’ campaign as it increases its effort to support young working families.
As part of the campaign Labour Women is encouraging parents across the country to participate in a new survey which looks into the issue of childcare.
The goal of the campaign is to speak to and hear from parents who have young children and use childcare resources. Other elements of the campaign will include public meetings and literature. The online survey which asks parents across Ireland to tell us about their childcare arrangements is accessible via www.labour.ie/childcare .
Tánaiste and Labour leader, Joan Burton launched the campaign at a policy forum in Limerick earlier this month. She also set up a working group to examine the issue of childcare which will shape the Labour Party Manifesto development.
The group includes Labour TDs Ciara Conway, Michael McCarthy, Arthur Spring and Joanna Tuffy.
Deputy Ciara Conway said: “Investment in early education and care is not only crucial for the future development of the child but it also facilitates parents, especially mothers, either to remain in or take up employment.
“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.
“We in Labour believe that there needs to be appropriate investment by the state in our youngest children. It’s clear that we have to do more when it comes to supporting families raise their children.
“There is no one-size fits all solution to the issue of childcare in Ireland today. It is clear however that we need to ensure that our children are provided with the best quality childcare that is within the means of all.”