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#Childcare Costs

# childcare-costs - Tuesday 4 February, 2020

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.

# childcare-costs - Thursday 19 December, 2019

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 - Sunday 19 August, 2018

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.

# childcare-costs - Tuesday 5 June, 2018

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-costs - Friday 4 August, 2017

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.

# childcare-costs - Wednesday 2 November, 2016

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.

# childcare-costs - Thursday 29 September, 2016

'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.

# childcare-costs - Thursday 16 April, 2015

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.

# childcare-costs - Monday 16 February, 2015

Varadkar: 'Childcare tax breaks for parents not being ruled out'

The health minister said that it would be an election issue.

# childcare-costs - Saturday 24 January, 2015

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.

# childcare-costs - Monday 14 July, 2014

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.

# childcare-costs - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

500 subsidised childcare places come online

A total of 6,000 places will be available when the scheme is implemented in full.

# childcare-costs - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Good morning… here’s nine stories to catch up on.

# childcare-costs - Thursday 19 July, 2012

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 - Thursday 28 April, 2011

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: The HSE offers its sympathy to the family of a woman who died shortly after giving birth to a healthy daughter; tornadoes and storms ravage the US; the super-injunction celebrities named.

# childcare-costs - Friday 11 February, 2011

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

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Investigation launched into Cork air crash; another day of protests dawns in Egypt, and a teenage girl collapses and dies minutes after she is kissed for the first time.

# childcare-costs - Monday 23 August, 2010

IRISH PARENTS pay more for childcare than any other country in the Western world, according to a new survey by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Irish parents in two-income families pay nine times more than a family in Belgium to have their children looked after while they work.

The survey, which is published in today’s Irish Daily Mail, reveals that 45 per cent of the income in a double-earner household with two children is swallowed up by childcare costs.

This figure is based on a couple whose combined salary is one-and-a-half times the average industrial wage, and takes into account government subsidies.

The next most expensive country is Britain, where creche fees eat up 43 per cent of the annual household income. However, Britain tops the poll for single-income families. Switzerland, New Zealand and Canada come next in the poll, at 39 per cent, 36 per cent and 29 per cent respectively.

In Poland, by contrast, parents only pay 5 per cent of their annual income to have their children in daycare, while in heavily-subsidised Sweden, the figure is 8 per cent. In Germany and Luxembourg, less than ten per cent of the family income goes on childcare.

The average bill nationwide in Ireland is €7,500 – rising to an eye-watering €10,000 in Dublin. That’s €144 per week for child under 12, rising to €192 in Dublin.

That’s more than it would cost to send a child to secondary school at St Andrew’s College in Booterstown in Dublin, where the annual fees are €6,110.

Alternatively, you could send your child to Mount Anville or Castleknock College in Dublin for the same as you’d pay to have them in an average creche in the city.