Childcare issues: 'Childcare costs are almost like an extra mortgage'
Childcare costs are like an extra mortgage, according to mother-of-two Sylvie Daniere-Doyle.
The French native lives in Celbridge, Co Kildare, with her husband and two daughters, Lily (9) and Jasmine (5).
While happy with the standard of childcare, they find the costs are very high. "My husband is working so childcare has been quite difficult because we have no family around. He is from Wicklow.
"Lily went to crèche three days a week when she was little because I was working two days a week back then. But when Jasmine was born, basically we could not afford two children in full-time childcare," the UCD graduate said.
"So over the years we have done different things. We have arranged things with friends.
"It is really difficult in Ireland and it is very expensive, so in the end we took on an au-pair.
"It is expensive but compared to crèche, it's not. At this stage, with the two of them, it is like an extra mortgage in childcare. It would represent another mortgage."