New parent and child benefits promised under new government

The Irish Independent reported today that the new government’s manifesto includes free child dental care for under 12’s, an increase in Parental Leave above the already promised 28 weeks, state supports to reduce childcare costs and an increase to Home Carer’s Benefit for stay-at-home parents, a commitment to recognise informal family childcare arrangements, permission to use school buildings as after-school care centres, establishment of a speech and language service in schools and additional funding for the National Education Psychologist Service.

Great news for parents and children if these promises are kept!