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Setting up businesses, working flexitime and even bringing children on site – mothers reveal changes they made to cut childcare bills

Childcare costs are the new glass ceiling’ – meet the women creating alternative solutions

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Schooltime schedule: Deirdre Doyle and her children, Charlie and Maggie Dodson. Photo by Gerry Mooney

Schooltime schedule: Deirdre Doyle and her children, Charlie and Maggie Dodson. Photo by Gerry Mooney

Vicki O'Callaghan with her daughter, Ruby. Photo by Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Vicki O'Callaghan with her daughter, Ruby. Photo by Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Architect Róisín Murphy. Photo by Mark Condren

Architect Róisín Murphy. Photo by Mark Condren

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Schooltime schedule: Deirdre Doyle and her children, Charlie and Maggie Dodson. Photo by Gerry Mooney

When Karen O’Reilly was a young mum living in France, childcare bills were the last thing on her mind.

My children went through the creche scheme and everything was paid for. I didn’t have to put my hand in my pocket at all,” she says. “Your kids start at the age of two, and they can stay in there from 7am to 6pm. I was extremely lucky.”


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