A State scheme for crèche provision is being introduced and conditions are being discussed. The State is intending to pay €64.50 per week for 38 weeks per year. A charge of €80 per week is normal at present as crèches have major overheads and legal obligations to comply with. Apparently parents will not be allowed to top up the State paid amount.
This low amount and lack of top up will cause major problems as the service cannot be delivered for this. A realistic fee must be agreed so that the scheme works.