Thursday 19 October 2017

Parents are paying most for childcare in capital

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Alan O'Keeffe

Dublin parents pay the highest costs for childcare in Ireland. The average weekly cost per pre-school child is highest in Dublin at €150 and lowest in the south east at €83.

The national average cost per week per child for pre-school children is €118, while the average weekly cost per primary school child is €73. Pre-school childcare costs €4.90 per hour in Dublin, compared to the lowest in the south east and mid-west at €3.50 and the national average of €4.20.

New Central Statistics Office figures for childcare for July to September last year showed Dublin had the highest child-minder, au pair, and nanny costs at €5.20 an hour, and crèche, playgroup, and after-school costs of €5.70 an hour.

For primary school children, the average weekly cost of paid non-parental childcare is also highest in Dublin at €95 and lowest in the south east at €48.

The CSO said that the household weekly expenditure on paid non-parental childcare is €155.60, up from €123.20 in 2007. But it pointed out that the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme was introduced in January 2010.

The percentage of pre-school children minded by their parent is 62pc and the corresponding figure for primary school children is 74pc.

Census 2016 figures showed the numbers of pre-school children (aged 0-4) has dropped by 7pc in the last five years.

The results released yesterday and entitled 'An Age Profile of Ireland' found there were increases of those under four-years-old in some areas - Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (+5pc), Cork City (+4.4pc) and Dublin City (+1.4pc) - but all other counties recorded falls (the largest drop was -15pc in Donegal, with Laois and Waterford next at -12pc).

When examined by accommodation type, the results show the number of pre-school children living in apartments or flats increased by 24pc over the five years, from 25,647 in 2011 to 31,891 in 2016. Almost two in five children (39pc) in this age group were living in rented accommodation in 2016, a significant rise on the 2002 figure of 22pc.

Irish Independent

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