CRECHES are being urged to display a comprehensive price list at their premises under a new initiative with the National Consumer Agency (NCA).
A recent survey by the Irish Independent showed many families are paying more than their mortgage in childcare costs, which can be as high as €1,100 a month for just one child.
And new inflation figures show childcare costs rose by another 1.4pc in the last year.
However, less than half of childcare facilities display a price list at their premises, prompting the NCA to seek more transparent information.
It has now drawn up a standard price template with Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) which represents 3,000 childcare providers.
They are asking all facilities to display a prominent list of prices and staff-child ratios for all the main categories of care, such as babies, toddlers aged under two and over two, preschool, breakfast club and after school care.
Creche prices generally come down as babies get older.