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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]