My Department provides standard capitation of €64.50 per week and higher capitation of €75.00 per week for child care places under the ECCE Scheme. Given that it is a matter for each individual employer to determine the allocation of staff, resources and ratios (subject to the governing provisions with regard to ratios) from this capitation rate, it is not possible to estimate the full cost of paying all ECCE workers the living wage of €11.50 per hour for 38, 41 and 44 weeks respectively.
I would like to highlight that while the Department is not an employer of child care workers it is a significant funder of child care services and very conscious that there is an issue with regard to the pay and conditions of workers in the sector. Currently, there is no formal employer or employee (trade union) representation in place for the child care sector. Such representation will be central to progressing the issue of pay and conditions in the sector, through an established industrial relations mechanism such as a Sectoral Employment Order.