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How Much Does Childcare Cost In Ireland?

So how much does childcare actually cost? Natalie Collier from The National Childcare Agency breaks it down for us. The rates of childminders, nannies and Au Pairs, as well as Crèche fees, vary depending on what part of the country you are living in.

Through research and experience, Dublin and Cork (city and suburbs) are pretty much on a par when it comes to childcare costs, with the midlands coming in as the least expensive. Other factors affect the rate that a childminder charges or how much a nanny is paid, such as: qualifications, experience, food supplied by the minder etc.

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Childminders

A child minder is a person who cares for children in their own home independently and can often care for several children. Guidelines must be met regarding ratios, for example: a minder may mind up to 8 children including her own but only 5 preschool children. There should be no more than 2 toddlers/babies under 15 months, including the minders own children. (Exceptions can be made for multiple births and siblings). In Dublin, Cork and most parts of Galway and Limerick urban areas, a childminders rates are the following: (guideline only)

  • Full time €5-€6.50 per hour, daily rate €50 for one child

  • Part time / after school (incl. school collections) €5-€6.50 ph., daily rate €25

  • For a second child (sibling), most childminders offer a discount bringing the hourly rate to €8 per hour

  • A lot of minders provide food and a lot don’t, there seems to be no general rule of thumb but you should expect to pay more for a minder who provides meals

  • Childminders should be paid 52 weeks of the year and for bank holidays unless there is an extended break, e.g. families who don’t require their minder for the duration of the summer

  • Childminders are self-employed and are therefore responsible for paying their own taxes

  • Some childminders charge minimum wage of €8.65

In other parts of the country, child-minding rates can be slightly less:

  • Full time €5 per hour, however a set daily rate of €40 for one child is more common

  • Part time / after school (incl. school collections), €5 ph. daily rate €15-€20

  • Sibling discounts/rate for two children are generally €7-€7.50 per hour for two children

  • Some childminders may charge less and often families offer less but I would be reluctant to advocate this

Nanny

A nanny is a minder who works in the family home and is therefore your employee so you must pay all relevant tax and social contributions. It is always best to discuss salary in terms of gross pay. A full time nanny generally works Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Any extra hours, overtime and additional babysitting is not included within their weekly wage. Rates vary depending on the nanny’s experience, how many children are in your family, the nanny’s qualification and location. In Dublin, Cork and some parts of Galway, a nanny’s salary is the following: (guideline only)

  • Full time €10 - €12 per hour, €500-€600 gross per week

  • Part time €12 - €15 per hour, €280 - €375 gross per week (22 hour week)

  • Nannies are paid 52 weeks of the year and are entitled to statutory holidays

  • Nannies should hold a childcare certificate, minimum Fetac 5 and first aid. Many nannies with years of experience can obtain higher salaries

In other parts of the country, again the rates of pay are sometimes slightly less: (guideline only)

  • Full time €8.65 - €10 per hour, €400 - €480 gross per week

  • Part time €10 per hour

Au Pair

An Au Pair is another childcare option that many families opt for in Ireland, both rural and urban. An Au Pair can be a great option for families who only require up to 35 hours babysitting per week and have the room to accommodate another adult in their home. An Au pair is paid weekly pocket money and given free bed and board in return for babysitting and some light housework. Au Pairs’ pocket money varies hugely depending on location, Dublin is the most expensive to host an Au Pair with Cork and Galway not too far behind and again the midlands being the least expensive.

  • In Dublin, a full time live in Au Pair (25-35 hours per week including babysitting) receives between €115 - €150 pocket money per week

  • In Cork and Galway the weekly pocket money is between €100 - €140

  • In other parts of the country, weekly pocket money can range from € 80 - €100

  • Live out Au Pairs are employees and should be paid minimum wage of €8.65 per hour

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Crèche

The cost of sending your child to Crèche varies throughout the country, depending on the location, facility, staff and whether they offer full and part time placements and sibling discounts. Most Crèches now offer the free preschool year, ECCE scheme for children who are attending full time and part time. This can reduce your full time fees by €62.50 per week for 38 weeks of the year. When considering a Crèche, contact at least two to three crèches in your area to ask their weekly/monthly rates. The above is a general guideline to different childcare costs.

Costs still vary greatly and can be frustrating for parents trying to figure out the best option for their family. If you would like to some advice on finding your perfect minder, head on over the The National Childcare Agency, or ask Natalie, our Childcare Expert.

About the Author

I am Natalie Collier, a childcare recruitment specialist. I am passionate about what I do and determined to find the best possible solution for each family I work with. I have over ten years’ experience working with children and families in several different childcare settings and have learned through this first-hand experience that no two families are alike when it comes to childcare needs.

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Georgina Dwyer
Hi Natalie. I was looking on mindme.ie and the general cost quoted for a childminder is €10-€20. Would you consider this over the going or standard rate? It seems to be consistent across the site. Many thanks.
05/06/2017 11:38:51

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