Childcare and housing challenge as baby boom continues

There was 14.4 babies born per 1,000 residents in the State last year, easily eclipsing the EU average of 10.1

In stark contrast, Ireland also recorded one of Europe’s lowest death rates at 6.4pc per 1,000 residents – some distance behind the EU average of 9.7pc.

The new figures, released by the […]

Funding needed to equalise access to childcare

Grandparents are providing valuable childcare supports, but more Government investment is needed for equal access to formal childcare and improvements in its quality, researchers have said.
The study of the types of childcare used by children at different ages, and its impact on their development, found families of lower social classes […]

Analysis: Early childhood care scheme too little, too late

Access to childcare outside ECCE hours dependent on parents’ income and education
One of the key recommendations of the Tusla study is that the focus of childcare policy must broaden from just the early years. There is a necessity for “high quality childcare at all stages of childhood”.
When a year’s free […]

Young looked after in creches develop better motor-skills

Better language skills at age 3 if young minded by relatives but young looked after in creches develop better motor-skills by same age, says Túsla research
Infants cared for by a relative develop better language skills by the age of three than those cared for in settings such as creches, according […]

Taking the stress out of starting preschool by being prepared

Taking the stress out of starting preschool by being prepared
Tips from Beaumont Community Playgroup, located in St. Fiachra’s School grounds Beaumont for the past 22 years
 These days, Beaumont Community Playgroup is helping local families to avoid the stress of starting preschool by sharing the following tips to families with young […]

Government traps parents in classic Catch-22 on childcare

The Government remains determined to coax single parents off welfare and back into jobs, despite mass protests outside the Dáil last week. On July 2, the age limit for the One-Parent Family Payment will be reduced to seven for most claimants. This means that around 32,000 single parents will lose […]