Case Study: 'For a child in junior infants, e40 for books is dear'
GETTING youngsters ready for school and pre-school classes is a budget buster for the Haugh family.
Laura and Ross Haugh have been surprised with the amount of stuff they have had to buy for their children.
Five-year-old James is starting junior infants in Oatlands primary school in Stillorgan in South Dublin.
His sister Lucy, who is three in September, will begin Oatlands Montessori school.
A uniform is required for the children attending the montessori. The cost is likely to top €700 for the two children.
Mum Laura Haugh is a marketing manager with MummyPages.ie, an online parenting community, and dad Ross Haugh is a sales director with a transport company.
Two track suits each for the children, polo shirts, books and shoes, runners, school bags and lunch boxes all have to be bought.
Books alone for James have set the family back €40.
"For a child in junior infants that is expensive," says mum Laura.
As both parents work full-time, after-school care is also a big drain on the family's income.
After-school club will cost €550 a month for Lucy, while the cost for James is lower, at €285 a month, as the school subsidises some of the cost.
"This time of year is very expensive for parents because of summer camps, holidays and especially the expense of getting children ready for school," Laura says.
- Charlie Weston