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Childcare Barometer 2018

Childcare Barometer 2018

Early Childhood Ireland has released its first ever Childcare Barometer, revealing widespread public support for a more progressive childcare system in Ireland.


Childcare Barometer 2018

The Barometer, which seeks to track public attitudes to early years care and education, is based on a nationwide RedC Research poll of 1,004 adults conducted between 18 and 25 January 2018. For each statement participants were asked for their level of agreement.

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Key Findings

75% of respondents felt the education of children under 5 is just as important as the education of children over 5:

69% felt that parents should be financially supported to stay at home with their child for the first year of the child’s life:

65% felt childcare should, similarly to primary education, be available free to all children:

57% felt that parents should only pay for childcare in line with their overall income:

Only 23% felt that parents should be fully responsible for the cost of childcare:

The Early Childhood Ireland-RedC poll also found strong levels of support for greater recognition of and pay for sector staff.

56% of respondents felt that staff working in childcare centres are qualified professionals like teachers, nurses, and others:

Only 24% of respondents felt that the average wage paid to childcare staff, which in 2016/17 amounted to around €11.93, reflected the value of that work:

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