DLR parents are paying the most for childcare

by Aisling Kennedy

DUN Laoghaire-Rathdown is the most expensive part of the country for childcare, according to results of a survey conducted by Pobal.
The report, which provides an overview of the 4,300 facilities providing childcare services across Ireland, shows that parents living in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown pay a weekly average fee of €213.94 for a full-time place for their child.
In contrast, Co Monaghan was the least expensive, with a weekly rate of €142.14 for a full-time place for their child. The national average is €167.03 per week.
Following on from the results of the report, the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said: “The publication of this information is particularly timely.
“The information contained in this report will help my Department’s policy development so that we can meet the goal of providing affordable, quality and accessible childcare for all.”
Senator Victor Boyhan (Ind) told The Gazette that he had spoken with Minister Zappone about the high costs of childcare in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and said he believes it is a question of increasing more places for children.
He said: “I think there’s a role for State schools and county community facilities to see if they have any spare capacity to offer facilities for children and childcare.
“We need to support the people on low incomes. There are single parents and parents on low income who don’t have the money and who’s children could greatly benefit from Early School Years.
“The council have community centres all over the county that could potentially be used for after -school clubs.”
Senator Boyhan added that if any families were finding it difficult to find placements for the children, they can contact the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Childcare Committee as they are an organisation who have a functional responsibility to childcare.

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