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Budget 2023: Government cut childcare costs by 25%

Budget 2023: Government cut childcare costs by 25%

A deal has been struck to reduce childcare costs by 25% Budget in 2023.

The subsidy for creche places under the National Childcare Scheme will be increased substantially.

Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath says that's at cost of €121 million.

It will be worth up to €2,000 per year for some families or €175 a month for families.

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Minister McGrath says the new regulations will help childcare providers and their staff too.

"Under the new employment regulation order, those working in the childcare sector will see improved paying conditions to better reflect the importance of the work they undertake in providing quality care for our children.

"Next year, the childcare budget will reach €1 billion, five years ahead of target.

"Alongside measured announced last year, this funding will help make childcare more affordable, improve the wages of staffΒ  and help ensure the sustainability for childcare providers.

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The announcement also includes the Government paying for all primary schoolbooks at a cost of almost €50 million per year.

Parenting expert Laura Erskine says while it's welcome, the costs at secondary school level remain huge.

"Each of the school books that have to be bought for the secondary school child, have to be bought brand new because there is a scratch-off, digital code on the inside cover that is a one time, single use code for that book to be uploaded onto the school iPad.

"That iPad is compulsory, so is the insurance and the ongoing maintenance of that iPad."

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