The government is increasing the labor supply by improving access to daycare services for the youngest children and reducing the associated cost. The parents of more than 5,000 children attending nursery school applied for support of up to HUF 40,000 per month. The support allows parents to return to the labor market, he explained.
Parents raising young children who are employed, self-employed, inactive or receiving any childcare allowance are eligible for the aid, which can be used to cover the cost of family, workplace or non-municipal nurseries, Bodó added.
In 2010, only 1.7 million women worked in Hungary, so their employment level was below 50 percent. Today, 2.1 million women are already employed, he added.
Support for those raising young children to return to the labor market can be provided until the start of pre-school education, even for several children from the same family.