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Are you struggling to source affordable childcare? We want to hear your stories

The Journal wants to hear from readers about their experiences.

THE COST AND availability of childcare is a longstanding issue in this country and one consecutive Government’s have failed to get a handle on. 

In last year’s Budget, a further 25% cut in childcare costs was announced, however this will not kick in until September 2024 and will not be an equal cut for all parents.

On top of the cost, a shortage of providers continues to cause issues, with parents reporting years of waiting on a list to see if their child gets a place.

We want to hear from readers about your experience of childcare: 

  • Have you had trouble sourcing childcare in your area?
  • Has the cost impacted your decision-making? 
  • Do you have to rely on friends and family because of a lack of affordable options? 

If you have a story to share, please contact The Journal by email through answers@thejournal.ie and describe your experience in a paragraph or two (around 200-250 words).

Please include your name and location.

 

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