THE average cost of full-time childcare in Waterford is a little over €160 a week, new figures show.
It is one of the lowest costs in the country and considerably below the national average of €184 per week. The lowest rate (€148) is in Carlow.
The childcare charges have been published by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, in new data on the cost of early learning and care and school-age childcare to families across Ireland.
In Waterford the cost is €170.42 a week
Full-time care for infants is more expensive. In Waterford the cost is €170.42 a week on average.
The dearest costs are in Dublin, with the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown district topping the list.
The minister has urged parents to inform themselves of what they should expect to pay for early learning and care and to check out www.ncs.gov.ie to see what subsidy they may be eligible for.