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Parliamentary questions
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27 September 2019
Question for written answer E-003018-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sandra Pereira (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Network of Public Nurseries in Portugal

In Portugal, early childhood is the only age without a network of public childcare and the supply of nurseries is essentially always private. According to Social Charter data, 8 out of 10 children living in Portugal are unable to find a place in a nursery.

In addition to the difficulty in finding a place, many parents living in Portugal, particularly in large urban centres, cannot afford to send their children to private nurseries or childcare, or do so at great personal sacrifice.

The absence of a family network that can take care of children means that many parents choose to stop working to care for their children. It is mainly mothers who do so, and this has an impact on their working life, but also on their emancipation and the financial stability of the household concerned.

Children and families in Portugal urgently need a strong network of public nurseries, or equivalent solutions, covering the whole of the country.

In the light of the above, will the Commission say what funds, programmes or instruments provided for in both the current and future MFF could be mobilised to support the construction of this much needed network?

Will the Commission also say whether it will exclude this type of investment from the deficit criteria?

Original language of question: PT 
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