Thursday 23 November 2017

'Positive step but I won't feel it yet' - mother of one on childcare payment

Derval Chambers-Petit. Photo: Mark Condren
Derval Chambers-Petit. Photo: Mark Condren

Ryan Nugent

Mother of one Derval Chambers-Petit has called new childcare measures a positive step but says it will currently save her just €5 per week. Life coach Derval recently set up a business and sends her nine-month old son Seán to a creche for two half-days per week.

The rest of her childminding is taken care of by her mother, meaning that she currently spends between €40 and €50 each week on childcare, which works out between eight and 10 hours. The Budget measures will equate to a 50c saving per hour.

Derval, from Stillorgan, south Dublin, expects her childcare needs to increase to two full days in the coming months. These costs will rise to €100 per week, but she will then save €10 per week under the new scheme, bringing her payment down to €90.

"There will be an impact for me but at the moment it's minimal, because I'm only going back to work now and I'm working part-time," Derval said. "For me there's not going to be a huge financial impact at this time."

Derval (38), who recently moved back to Dublin after four years living in France with her husband, Laurent, said she will feel a financial impact when she returns to full-time work.

"Then it works out at the equivalent of €900 a year, so getting that much off a year is the bones of one month free. It's certainly better than nothing," she said.

"In the near future there's not much of an impact, but I see it as a positive first step for us."

Irish Independent

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