Your Budget: Working parents
MOTHER Siobhán McDermott is a professional in the financial sector and her 18-month-old son Christopher attends childcare.
But the mother-of-one (34) said that with childcare fees and a mortgage, having another child may be a difficult prospect.
Mrs McDermott, from Killester, Dublin, is married to Brian Redmond (41). The couple have welcomed the Affordable Childcare Scheme that will see crèche fees for the family go from €820 to around €750 a month. They have also welcomed the increase in the free preschool programme.
"Christopher is too young for that right now, but he will benefit from it in the future, so that is good news," said Mrs McDermott.
But she feels more needs to be done to help parents who wish to stay at home.
"If myself or my husband wanted to stay at home and have one of us mind the child, there is nothing to ease the burden.
"I don't want to say when I reach the grave one day, 'Well, I had a great career, but I barely saw my children'," she said.
She believes the Government is not putting enough focus on families. "We're raising the next generation of workers, taxpayers, and the Government is focused on getting people back to work and putting kids in crèches for high costs and not looking at the overall picture," she said.
"The fact you pay childcare, on a par with a mortgage, is a kick in the teeth."