Comment 108659

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted February 01, 2015 at 15:26:30 in reply to Comment 108656

I realized that saying the creche in France are "largely free" is a bit misleading. Although 80% of the cost is covered by the state there is a charge to parents that depends on the number of children you have (cheaper for families with more children) and revenue (greater subsidies for lower income). And school (which is free) is from 8:30-4:30 from age 3 (with cheap after school care until 6:30pm). It really does make a difference.

You can see the costs for creche (2 months - 2 years) here: http://www.crechesdefrance.com/parents/l...

For example, a family with 3 children who needs 8 hours of care and has an income of 2000 euros per month (about $3000) would pay 141 euros per month for infant care ... extremely cheap by Canadian standards! Even at an income of 4000 euros per month the cost is only 282 euros.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2015-02-01 15:27:56

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