Families miss out on €48-a-month in childcare support after scheme ‘botched’

Around 9,000 families will not receive supports, announced in the budget, of up to €48 a month.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone admitted that she “can’t say exactly” when these payments will be introduced but it would not be before 2018.

The Affordable Childcare Scheme will not be fully rolled out from September, […]

Zappone open to retrospective payments on childcare scheme

The Minister for Children has said she is open to making retrospective payments to 9,000 families who will miss out on a €12-a-week childcare subsidy from September until an indeterminate time next year.

A spokesperson for Katherine Zappone told RTÉ News that no final decision will be made until the Single […]

Thousands to miss out on childcare subsidy due to IT problems

Thousands to miss out on childcare subsidy due to IT problems

Thousands of hard-working families are to miss out on part of the Government’s new childcare subsidy due to a delay in building a workable IT system.

Revenue and the Department of Social Protection are not yet in a position to share […]

Zappone announces full review of child care legislation

The review will aim to ensure that the views of children are central to any decisions affecting their home life
The Minister for Children has announced a full review of the Child Care Act, to better protect children in crisis situations.

Katherine Zappone said the review will focus on ensuring that the […]

Childcare services are facing a ‘staffing crisis’ due to low wages

Irish families spend double the European average on childcare
Childcare services say they are facing a staffing crisis as they are unable to retain staff due to low wages.
Professional childcare workers can earn less than €10 per hour with some staff on part-time contracts coming out with as little as €5,130 […]

Children’s Minister promises independent review of childcare costs

The Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has promised an independent review of the cost of childcare.

The root-and-branch review comes as Early Childhood Ireland say there is a chronic staffing crisis in the sector.

Their research says 86% of créches and pre-schools are concerned about being able to recruit trained staff, while almost […]