We fare poorly with our childcare

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THE Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty has said it is disappointing that Ireland ranks among the worst in Europe for meeting people’s child and home care needs.

A new ESRI report found Ireland has the fourth-highest level of unmet needs for childcare and the second-highest rate for home care.

It found cost to be the main barrier to childcare for families, while the availability was the biggest problem for those seeking home care service

Out of 11 European countries examined in the study, Ireland has the fourth-highest level of unmet need for childcare and the second-highest for home care.

The research found that the highest level of unmet need for childcare was in Spain, the UK, Greece and Ireland. The highest level of unmet need for home care was in Greece, followed equally by Italy and Ireland.

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