The average cost of childcare for two children is €16,500

By Esther Hayden

Published 15/09/2015 | 00:00

Little child girl playing in kindergarten in Montessori preschool Class.
Little child girl playing in kindergarten in Montessori preschool Class.

Parents of two children in Wexford are paying on average €16,596 per year for childcare, according to new figures.

A survey conducted by the Irish Independent found that the average price of childcare for two young children in County Wexford stands at €16,596.

The most expensive surveyed is €21,060 while the cheapest surveyed was €14,040.

A survey of more than 150 crèches across the country found that costs can be as high as €25,200 in Dublin. The national average was more than €19,600 for two children under the age of three.

Last year, half of those at work - 964,000 people - earned less than €28,500 before tax.

The survey by the Irish Independent was conducted over the past week, and compared prices for full day care for two children for one year throughout the country.

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