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Independent Review of the Cost of Delivering Quality Childcare Starts

86% of eligible childcare providers now offering extra supports

Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs,

Dr Katherine Zappone

Friday 29th September 2017

A key milestone in the on-going reformation of childcare in Ireland was marked today with sign off for work to commence on the Independent Review of the Cost of Delivering Quality Childcare by Minister Katherine Zappone. The Independent Review will be carried out by Crowe Horwath.

The review will examine the costs faced by childcare providers in delivering quality childcare. It will include a survey of childcare providers. The review is intended to strengthen the evidence base underpinning future policy development and investment in early years.

Speaking on the launch of the review, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone noted:

“2017 has already seen the achievement of many important goals to deliver quality, accessible, affordable childcare to Irish families. In April of this year I promised that we would deliver the benefits of more affordable childcare to Irish families.

After months of hard work we can confirm that 86% of eligible childcare providers have signed up to deliver these measures and the families of tens of thousands of families are now experiencing lower childcare costs as a result.

It is my hope that this review will provide the evidence base to inform future investment in the sector and ensure that the progress made this year is built upon year on year going forward.”

The Independent Review of the Cost of Delivery of Quality Childcare is expected to take approximately 10 months to complete.


Note to editors:

1.    The Independent Review of the Cost of Quality Childcare is a commitment of the Programme for Government.
2.    The Review seeks to:
·    Analyse the current costs of providing childcare in Ireland and factors that impact on those costs;
·    Develop a model of the unit cost/costs of providing childcare that allows analysis of policy changes and variation in cost-drivers, including the potential impact of increased professionalisation;
·    Provide an objective, high level market analysis of the childcare sector in Ireland, including analysis of fee levels charged to parents; and
·    Provide a range of outputs as specified in the Request for Tenders.
3.    Established in 1941, Crowe Horwath is a leading accountancy and business advisory firm in Ireland and is part of the global Crowe Horwath network.