Our failure to properly tackle childcare’s sky-high cost is a scandal

Charlie Weston: Our failure to properly tackle childcare’s sky-high cost is a scandal
IT is a burden that working parents in few other countries have to bear. The cost of childcare is scandalously high, amounting to the equivalent of a second mortgage for many working couples.

Our childcare costs are the second […]

Men in early childcare: ‘We’ve seen nothing but a positive impact’

Some children don’t have dads in the home so it’s nice for them to have a male role model
“Early childhood education in Ireland at the moment is at a very exciting place,” says David Kenna (29), a “floating” junior manager with Park Academy Childcare, which has eight centres in south […]

Preschool owners issue warning over free childcare scheme

Childcare centres say they are not ready for the extension of the free preschool year
Preschools have warned that many of them may not be ready to provide the additional free childcare places required under Government plans due to capacity and recruitment challenges.
From next month, the scheme providing free preschool for […]

Childcare workers are passionate & diligent, but lack of funding has left income low

One of the points that came across in a recent interview of experts in the childcare sector is that childcare workers are passionate & diligent, but lack of funding has left income low.
There was a great interview on NewsTalk yesterday with Association of Childhood Professionals chairperson Marian Quinn, Mick Kenny […]

46 Wexford pre-schools handed capital funding boost

Forty-six pre-school providers in County Wexford have been allocated more than €280,000 in capital funding by the government.

The funding represents a portion of more than €6.5m in capital funding allocated by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone to 1,006 pre-school providers nationwide.

The total allocation represents an increase […]

IMPACT slams Government for not consulting childcare workers on pre-school scheme

The union meets with staff today to brief them on the new programme…
The trade union IMPACT has said it is outrageous that childcare workers were not consulted on the Government’s new scheme for pre-schoolers.

IMPACT is holding a special meeting in Dublin today to brief staff on plans to significantly increase the scope […]