Irish abroad: How does childcare compare to Ireland?
Are mothers ‘shut out of the workplace’, or are affordable childcare options available?
What do you think Ireland can learn from the childcare system where you live? Photograph: iStock/Getty Images
As a new report shows women are being shut out of the workplace by the high cost of childcare in Ireland, The Irish Times would like to hear from readers living overseas about their family’s experiences, and the facilities and supports available where you live.
What are the most common childcare arrangements and how does the system differ to Ireland? How much does it cost per child/family, and is it subsidised by the state through a direct payment or tax break etc? Are flexible working arrangements common? Are childcare arrangements flexible? Do workplaces offer childcare facilities or other supports? Do childminders need to be registered, and if so what is the process? If you are a parent, what are your current childcare arrangements? Was it easy or difficult to find a suitable childminder or childcare facility that suited your needs? How much of your disposable income goes on childcare? Have you decided to leave the workplace because it is just not worth it financially when childcare costs are factored in, or are you currently considering it? What do you think Ireland can learn from the childcare system where you live?What do you think Ireland can learn from the childcare system where you live? Does the cost of childcare have any influence on your decision to live abroad?
Irish abroad: How does childcare differ where you live?
You can contribute (max 300 words) using this form. Please include a few lines about yourself - where you are living and what you do there. You can attach a family photograph too if you have one.
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