A Report commissioned by the government has advocated a staged expansion in childcare support involving progressive expansion in separate areas

  • Longer parental leave in the baby’s first year
  • Steady expansion in the number of months of free early years care and education
  • Subsidies for childcare starting with those at work on low income
  • Investment in continuous improvement in the quality of early years provision

It will require over time a substantial increase in the €260m now spent by the State childcare provision.