Israel is poised to amend its child education legislation to allow for the use of a cheaper and more convenient childcare option, as part of a wider push to reduce childcare costs in the country.
Under the new law, a single parent with two children aged under 5 and under 21 can enroll their child in a childcare provider for up to a week of each month, with the option of staying with them on the same day, without paying additional costs.
The new law is expected to go into effect by March 31.
It was previously set to come into force on January 1, 2019.
However, the government has now announced it will amend the legislation to make the childcare plan optional for the duration of a single child’s primary school education.
In a statement, the country’s education minister, Tzipi Hotovely, said the new legislation would allow parents to decide if they want to enroll their children in childcare providers for the week or the entire month.
This is part of the government’s plan to help children’s daily life in a time when childcare costs are growing in Israel and, increasingly, in the rest of the world, Hotovelly added.
In the meantime, parents will be able to enroll in a family childcare plan.
In recent years, Israeli parents have faced a growing crisis in the availability of childcare in Israel, with childcare providers increasingly turning to the cheaper and cheaper childcare providers offered by private companies.
Israel is not alone in introducing the childcare option to its childcare system.
In June, Germany also approved a childcare law, which would allow children up to age 6 to have childcare from home, for an extra fee of 30 euros ($36).
The European Union’s chief representative on child rights, Christophe Deloire, also said in June that the European Union would begin to take action to ensure the right to childcare is not only available to all children, but also to those who have chosen to leave the home environment.