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Tuesday 28 November 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Childcare Costs

Last month
October 2023
'Many families' paying higher fees will not see 25% cut to childcare costs
A further 25% in childcare costs was announced as part of Budget 2024 yesterday.
This year
Increased childcare subsidies to take effect from today
Families can save up to €175 a month through the scheme.
Poll: Have you benefited from Budget 2023?
A number of measures announced in September took effect this week.
Last year
Creches say planned fee freeze for childcare costs in September 'unworkable'
Under the Government’s core funding model, fees will be frozen at the rate that was in place in September 2021.
Government to reduce childcare costs 'considerably' in the next Budget
Childcare fees will be capped at September 2021 levels if a deal can be done on pay and conditions.
Childcare fees will be capped at September 2021 levels if a deal can be done on pay and conditions.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says increased subsidies should be used to reduce costs considerably for parents.
Government believes a reduction in the cost of childcare 'will help with cost of living'.
Would it work here? The countries finding success in key aspects of childcare
Increased State spend on childcare 'not enough' to solve crisis for parents and providers
'Financially, I'm in a pickle': Your stories of coping with the cost-of-living squeeze
A report by
Ian Curran
We asked readers to share their stories with us. Here’s what they told us.
The Journal asked readers to share their stories about the impact of rising prices and household costs.
Irish consumer prices rose 5.7% in the year to the end of December last.
This week, the Government unveiled a package of one-off measures aimed at protecting low and middle income earners.
Explainer: Who benefits from the €200 electricity rebate and how do I make sure I do?
Cost of living: Government rejects criticism of 'universal' and 'anti-motorist' measures
All time
Unicef: Ireland one of the most expensive countries for childcare as half of salary is average cost
Ireland is in line with other rich countries such as Switzerland and New Zealand in the cost to care for two children.
Opinion: We don’t want the crumbs from the table – childcare is in crisis and we need support
Cut the bureaucracy and fund childcare properly, writes crèche operator Margaret Connell.
Explainer: Why are hundreds of creche owners worried about having to close?
Childcare providers have warned of a crisis as the cost of insurance increases.
Childcare costs up 5.5% nationwide: Here's a county-by-county breakdown
The survey found that Longford had the lowest monthly costs at €650.
Social Protection Minister rules out means testing child benefit payment
Regina Doherty acknowledged that there are issues with the childcare system in Ireland but argued that means testing is cumbersome.
Childcare payments may differ from county to county after creche fee audit
The review will take 10 months to complete and will inform Minister Katherine Zappone’s future budget decisions.
Children do better when minded by relatives and childminders rather than full-time parents, says ESRI
The study looked at 9,000 children under the age of 5 in Ireland.
'The sector is in real crisis': New report reveals the cost of providing childcare
Early Childhood Ireland found that Irish families are spending 35% of their yearly income on care.
Open Thread: Is the cost of childcare preventing you from working?
More than 3,000 mothers are leaving the workforce annually due to the excessive costs of childcare.
Varadkar: 'Childcare tax breaks for parents not being ruled out'
The health minister said that it would be an election issue.
Column: Why am I working purely to keep my foot in the door?
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the land of working parents – there’s not much of the pay cheque left after crèche fees, commute and (caffeine) subsistence.
Opinion: We can't afford NOT to invest in childcare and early education
Crèche fees in Ireland are among the highest in Europe – but that is no guarantee children are being well cared for.
500 subsidised childcare places come online
A total of 6,000 places will be available when the scheme is implemented in full.
Column: The Dept of Finance is either unable - or unwilling - to fix childcare
The Department of Finance is refusing to run the numbers on making childcare tax deductible. It’s not good enough, writes Stephen Donnelly.
Childcare costs differ by 50 per cent in parts of the country
Costs can vary from region to region with Dublin being particularly expensive according to the National Consumer Agency
Irish childcare costs highest in Western World
It costs more to send your child to a creche in Dublin than to some of the country’s most expensive private schools.