PARENTS are paying an average of €152 a week to have their child cared for by a childminder.
The eighth National Childminding Survey shows a large variation in fees around the country, from a low of €116 in Tipperary to a high of €214 in Kildare. The average weekly cost for a full-time place is €152. Meanwhile, the average parttime rate for pre-school and after-school care is €5.30 per hour.
The survey of 232 registered childminders found 79pc were registered for tax and two-thirds had availed of the Childminder Tax Relief, which enables them to earn up to €15,000 a year tax free.