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Why this créche chain is banning glitter for Christmas crafts

Why this créche chain is banning glitter for Christmas crafts

‘If we’re all getting through kilos and kilos of it, we’re doing terrible damage,’ says director

A nursery chain is to ban children from using glitter because of fears about the damage it causes to the environment.

The substance loved by youngsters for making Christmas cards and other crafts […]

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Report ranks Ireland last in Europe for investing in early education

A report has put Ireland at the bottom when it comes to the amount spent on pre-primary education.

The report, by philanthropic foundation Bertelsmann Stiftung, also ranks Ireland 21st out of 28 countries on education equality and criticises Ireland’s two tier secondary school system and lack of investment in young children.

It found that Ireland spends 0.10% of its GDP on pre-primary […]

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This is what parents are asking childcare providers

This is what parents are asking childcare providers

Every day, parents use ChildcareFinder.ie to contact childcare providers who are listed on our site.

Here are just a selection of  enquiries sent to childcare providers who are listed our site in the last 48 hours alone.

Hi , I am enquiring about a a ECCE place for my son. He will be 2 on […]

Struggling preschool staff want a fair wage

The lesson is that struggling preschool staff want a fair wage

Parents are paying the equivalent of a second mortgage on childcare because state investment is 10% of what is internationally recommended, says Marian Quinn

EARLY childhood education and care will be in the spotlight tomorrow. Childhood professionals across the country will stage a “walk-off” to express their frustration with a lack of […]

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Childcare in Budget 2018

An additional €20 million will be allocated towards supporting childcare measures, including the extended free pre-school programme. This means there will be a full two-year service available from September 2018.

During his budget speech in the Dail today, Mr Donoghue said the government was committed to “the development of affordable quality childcare with a focus on children, parents and providers.”

In […]

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Budget cash for updating childcare facilities

Budget cash for updating childcare facilities

Childcare providers will receive increased funding to upgrade their facilities and assist with administration costs as part of Budget 2018.

Having rolled out the first phase of the affordable childcare scheme, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone is pushing for better quality and standards and has secured an increased budget to pump into facilities.

Creches and other childcare providers […]

Childcare providers want to lower qualifications standards for staff

Childcare providers want to lower qualifications standards for staff

Group says carers are being ‘forced out’ of sector due to excessive regulation

Childcare providers want the Government to reduce qualification standards for their employees in order to tackle a “staffing crisis”.

Seas Suas, a new representative group for independent childcare providers, said requirements that all staff should have a […]

‘Huge crèche fees are not the childcare sector’s fault. They’re the minister’s fault’

‘Huge crèche fees are not the childcare sector’s fault. They’re the minister’s fault’

Affordable childcare schemes are great but shouldn’t rearing children at home also be more ‘affordable’

Staying at home for a parent, be it mother or father, is not an option that is encouraged or supported by Government policy, despite the fact that it is currently enshrined in […]

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Surge in childcare providers signing up for Affordable Childcare scheme

More than 80% of childcare providers have signed up to deliver extra supports for families.

There had been fears that parents would not be able to avail of the new Affordable Childcare scheme, as many facilities were slow to register citing high administration costs.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs says the uptake has surged in recent weeks with more than 3,000 […]

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‘Childcare providers are desperate and frustrated’

Affordable Childcare Scheme: ‘Childcare providers are desperate and frustrated’

Childcare providers have subsidised the chronic underfunding from the government out of their own pockets for years, Jennifer Whitmore writes for TheJournal.ie – link below

THERE HAS BEEN lots of feelgood fanfare around the roll out of the Affordable Childcare Scheme, which came into force last week. Promotional videos show cute children talking […]