A survey of childcare providers all over Ireland in 2011 found that the price of childcare can vary quite a lot.
The average cost of childcare for 3 full days a week for a 6 month old was €126 per week
Prices varied from a high of €190 a week in Dublin 6 to a low of €85 in the Waterford area.
Even within the same area there was big variations in pricing - Dublin 6 showed a difference of €70 a week between the lowest and highest price.
Comparing the cost of childcare for 5 days a week for a 28 month old child:
The overall average price across the country for full time 5 days a week childcare was €181 per week.
The highest price was €248 in Dublin city centre . The lowest price for full time childcare was €130 in Dundalk
Discounts may be offered for childcare for two siblings attending the same childcare facility . The discounts offered varied from a nominal fixed sum discount to a percentage discount. The survey found that on average a discount of 7% was offered. With a discount of up to 12% on the combined fee for both children was offered in ons case - so it's worth asking .
Of course price is only one of the relevant factors considered by parents when choosing a childcare facility. Other considerations may include issues such as location, staff qualifications, the curriculum followed, play amenities, opening hours etc.