Wednesday 19 September 2018

#HaveYourSay: 54.6 per cent of Independent.ie readers feel they do not get value for money at their child's creche

Childcare fees have risen by an average of €7 a week since last year. We want to hear from you - do you think you're getting value for money at your creche?

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Some 54 per cent of Independent.ie readers think they do not get value for money from their child's creche.

On Tuesday, Independent.ie readers were polled on whether they believe their creche provides value for money.

Some 666 people voted in our poll.

Some 364 people (or 54.65 per cent) thought they did not get value for money, while 302 people (45.35 per cent) thought they did.

Childcare fees have risen by an average of €7 a week since last year - with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in Dublin the most expensive area.

This rise in fees comes amid the introduction of the universal childcare subsidy this year.

The 2016/2017 Early Years Sector Profile commissioned by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs found that the fees paid by parents vary from county to county.

Average fees paid by parents comes to €174.16 for 2016/2017. This compares to €167.03 for 2015/2016.

Parents in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are paying an average of €228.34 a week for a full day. Next on the list, parents in Co Wicklow pay €206.32. Parents in Fingal pay on average €204.53, €196.60 in south Dublin and €188.22 in Dublin city.

While parents in counties Leitrim, Monaghan and Carlow are paying the least at €142.27, €142.77 and €144.32 respectively.

Independent.ie would like to hear from you. Do you think that you get value for money at your creche? Vote in our poll, or email contact@independent.ie.

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