“People are tearing their hair out from stress” – Provider of childcare facilities reveals problems with staff retention and energy costs

Childcare workers are struggling to make ends meet and are at risk of burnout, the owner of a Dublin preschool said.

Ríd Corr, 67, runs Bambi’s, a one-room preschool in Clondalkin that serves children ages two years and eight months to four or five years.

44 children are currently attending the preschool.

Almost 4,000 childcare services (90 per cent) have now signed new basic government funding agreements, meaning fees for parents are unchanged from September last year.

Base funding is allocated largely based on capacity, operating hours, and age group of children.

One of the key conditions childcare providers must meet to qualify for the grant is the parental price freeze to September 2021 rates.

But Ms Corr said core funding was not “sustainable” for her pre-school ministry and needed “stability and sustainability”.

“It’s all about finance and funding the childcare sector, I’ve been doing this for about 30 years and it’s just such a struggle,” she said.

“The bigger services will do much better – it’s the services like mine that are smaller and tend to be worse off.

“People pull their hair out from stress because they see it’s not going to work. A lot of service providers like me are now doing extra for the summer to try and get some money all year round, it’s a constant struggle.”

In its pre-budget proposal, the Federation of Early Childhood Providers (FECP) called for €191 million in additional funding for the sector in the 2023 budget to “stabilize the industry and improve outcomes for children, parents, staff and providers.” .

The FECP has also asked the government to increase the ceiling for early childhood care and education (ECCE) to €76 per child, which would cost the government around €30 million. The usual weekly ECCE chapter rate is currently €69.

Ms Corr said retaining and recruiting staff is a “nightmare” as wages are no longer profitable.

“It is now very difficult to find and retain staff. You don’t stick with it that long unless you have a passion for it and for the kids, but show me the childcare worker who doesn’t burn out,” she said.

She added that overall energy bills for her company have increased by 40 percent.

“They’ve been on a hike and I’m lucky I only have one room for electricity and heating, but my bills have already gone up a lot,” Ms Corr added.

Their daughter Treasa Keegan, 40, lives in Celbridge, Co Kildare with her partner Mike and their two sons, Eddie, two, and Dominic, four months.

Ms Keegan works in banking and is a clerk at Bambi but is currently on maternity leave.

She said the childcare bill for her eldest son costs more than the couple’s monthly mortgage payments.

“My boys are too young to go to pre-school, my eldest son goes to a day nursery in Celbridge,” Ms Keegan said.

“As a parent, I wish the national childcare system would be made much more robust and accessible to parents – it’s difficult for providers, but also very difficult for parents.

“And I’m aiming for at least a third to a half of my childcare costs each month because the cost pressures are just tremendous.

“I just have a two-year-old in all-day care in a chain daycare and my bill is around 1,200 euros. The nationwide childcare system currently brings me around 80 euros per child per month.”

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