'What can we do?... We don't have any back-up childcare' - mother-of-two on her creche's price hike
A Dublin mother-of-two says the Affordable Childcare Scheme is worth a lot less to her family, since her creche has raised its prices by €66 per month.
The Irish Independent reports today that Gráinne O'Brien and her husband Conor Gahan's monthly creche bill comes to €1,872.
That invoice is for the care of their two children Aoife (3) and Cian (1), four days a week.
The couple receives a 10pc discount for siblings which brings their invoice down to 1,684.
Aoife's ECCE scheme gives an allowance of €204 per month while Cian's Affordable Childcare Allowance is €64 per month.
"The deductions bring our invoice a month down to €1,416," Grainne told the Irish Independent.
"But what can we do? Childcare providers are increasing their fees. The reason, we were told by our provider, is because of administration, rent and bill."
"In June, two weeks before the new scheme was announced to the public, the fees for both of them went up 4pc to an extra €66 a month."
Grainne said the couple are lucky to afford childcare because they are both working, and she estimates that many families are "much more worse off".
"Our place provides three meals a day and three snacks. Some creches that aren't signing up to the Affordable Childcare Scheme only give two meals a day and the parents have to provide the rest of the food. You can see how it all adds up per day."
"We don't have any back-up childcare here in Dublin. But it could be worse for us, which means it's definitely worse for others. Some parents who can't avail of the scheme are down at least €80 a month and then if their childrcare providers put up the fees, they will be much more worse off."