215 euros, the average cost of childcare for a couple working full time

The DRESS published a study providing an overview of the solutions adopted by parents for the care of their children under the age of 3, particularly when they are working full time.

In 2016, metropolitan France had 2.3 million children under the age of 3. Parents who work full time spend an average of 446 euros per month to look after their child under three years old. Their final bill being lightened by social and tax assistance, according to. Once any aid has been deducted, the bill drops on average to 215 euros per month and per child for these couples. A higher than average cost if we take into account all couples with children under three, who spend 345 euros before deduction of aid such as allowances and tax credits and 160 euros after. This difference is explained in particular by the type of worker in charge of looking after the child.

Children whose two parents work full time, ie 32% of French children under 3, are in fact more often entrusted to more expensive childcare (approved maternal assistant and home childcare). 73% of children whose two parents work full time are entrusted to another worker for most of the day during the week, against 40% for all children under three years old. It is an approved maternal assistant in 39% of cases, a crèche in 19% of cases, or home care. The Drees also notes that during a typical week, 27% of children under 3 years of age are cared for primarily by their parents. This care is made possible when one of the two parents works from home or when the parents work with staggered working hours.

Another study, published by the platform, revealed an increase of 1.27% in the price of childcare in 2016 compared to 2015. In 2016, the net price stood on average at 8.76 euros per time. An increase in prices which is however offset by the reductions in charges. On December 1, 2015, the reduction in flat-rate charges fell from 0.75 euros to 2 euros in one year. France thus ranks 5th among the most expensive European countries for childcare.

60% of mothers and 36% of fathers would prefer to reduce their working time

In couples working full time, 60% of mothers and 36% of fathers would prefer to reduce their working time or stop working to devote more time to their children, but do not take the plunge mainly for financial reasons. The negative impact on the professional career of reducing or putting aside the activity constitutes a second major obstacle. They also more often say that they have too much work to consider reducing their activity.