I also share your opinion.
Are 2500-3000 CHF/month (or more in some areas) costs for a kid until he’s going to the Kindergarten REALLY fair ? After that, if your kid is in the public system and both parents work full-time (without grandparents to support), daycare (lunch, afternoon, holidays) still costs around 1300-1500 CHF/month until he is a teenager (what most people still ignore)
So what is the consequence of such high daycare costs in Switzerland?
The lowest-income earner of the couple (not even talking about single parents…) will mostly not be able to cover these costs with the salary, especially in case of 2+ kids (2 kids = 5000 bucks/month minimum. So 60+k per year with a tax deduction of 4000-6000 CHF for Zurich). And she/he will have to stay at home for a while - even if it is not a real choice. And believe me, after a certain time, I see a lot of mothers who desperately want to come back and work, whether full-time or part-time, and who struggle like hell to find a job due to discrimination and “inactivity” on the CV for some years. And get very frustrated about the situation. Financially ? A disaster on a long-term view, unless you stay married to a rich guy forever (without any “life accident” - divorce, health issues, job loss etc).
Of course it can be a choice to stay at home, but looking at the level of the daycare costs, I doubt that there is a deliberate choice for the lowest incomes.
So I definitely think parental leave shall be longer (16 weeks are way too short!), and shared between mum and dads.
I think there is a compromise to find between fully funding daycare and not supporting it at all, isn’t it ?