Why Childminders Are So Hard To Find In Ireland

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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Social sciences

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RTE Brainstorm, updated / Wednesday, 15 Dec 2021 09:20.


Trying to find childcare for a new baby in Ireland in 2021 is nothing short of a nightmare, if accounts from parents are anything to go by. Many crèches won’t take children under one, waiting lists are often more than a year long and the cost can be crippling, even with the new childcare subsidy scheme. If taking a career break is out and you don’t live near family, your only option may be an 'unregistered’ childminder - if you’re lucky enough to find one.