Free childcare: Who will benefit and who will not

Childcare scheme will help many parents but others will miss out

Under the new scheme, parents of children in full-time care will get the bones of a month’s free childcare per child from next September. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Under the new scheme, parents of children in full-time care will get the bones of a month’s free childcare per child from next September. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

It promised much but for many parents the affordable childcare scheme appears to have delivered little. However, there is no doubt that the scheme announced in October’s budget is a seismic change in how we pay for the care of children in this State.

If it gets the funding it deserves, it could relieve parents of some of the immense burden childcare costs place on them. It could also encourage parents to stay or get back into the workforce whether it “pays” to do so or not and give others the opportunity to retrain or reskill without spending a fortune in the process.

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