Under-paid childcare professionals – “We’re sick of being exploited”

Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins

More than 300 Irish childcare professionals protested outside Leinster House over low pay as they warned strike action is edging closer.

A number of childcare centres across the country closed yesterday in order for management and staff to attend the protest in Dublin, while more held protests […]

Childcare Providers To March On The Dáil

A Midlands childcare provider says the Government must increase investment to sustain staff and services in the sector.

Regina Bushell of Grovelands Childcare will be among those marching on the Dáil this afternoon to signal a number of concerns, including the roll out of the Affordable Childcare Scheme.

It would see the […]

Childcare providers face ‘major challenge’ putting Budget 2017 plans in place

Childcare providers say they need extra money to make the Government’s childcare schemes work.

Professionals are meeting today to discuss the two new plans announced in the budget, which they say will increase their administration and salary costs.

The first involves the payment of a means-tested subsidy directly to childcare providers who […]

The ABC guide to the childcare digouts

Your Money: The ABC guide to the childcare digouts
The new childcare subsidies could slash your childcare bill by over €10,000 a year, writes Louise McBride in the Irish Independent
Katherine Zappone’s new childcare plan was arguably the centrepiece of this month’s Budget. However the scheme, which offers childcare subsidies to help […]

Probe into irregular payments of €500k to child care group

Probe into irregular payments of €500k to child care group
Gardaí and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) are investigating irregular payments totalling €500,000 to a childcare group by the State, the Public Accounts Committee has been told.

Correspondence to the committee from Pobal, the Government’s communities agency, reveals […]

When it comes to childcare, Ireland is closer to America than Europe

VICTORIA WHITE: When it comes to childcare, Ireland is closer to America than Europe
Two-thirds of crèches nationwide have vacancies… 20,000 cots and tubby chairs which need to be filled, writes Victoria White in The Irish Examiner

THIS country is beginning to feel more and more like the rogue European state where US companies have more of […]