Northern Ireland is facing a childcare crisis which is the result of years of underinvestment and neglect, as well as the significant impact of COVID-19 on the sector. Parents everywhere, but especially in Derry, are struggling to meet their childcare bill and many have been forced to change jobs or cease employment entirely to pay for this vital infrastructure. Costly childcare particularly adversely affects women when it comes to pursuing their chosen career. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK without a childcare strategy and it provides less childcare support for parents than other regions in the UK.
This needs to change. No parent should be forced to choose between caring for their children and pursuing their chosen career. If we are to rebuild the economy, we need to see significant investment in our childcare infrastructure that will benefit employers, parents and children. Good childcare also gives children the best start in life by supporting their social development.
We want to hear from you so that we can demand greater support for parents.
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