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 […]

‘Government thinks it’s perfectly acceptable for childcare workers to have absolutely no training’

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has rowed back on its promise that every childcare worker will need a minimum qualification by this September.
ANY ONE OF us who watched the Prime Time Programme A Breach of Trust will remember the scenes of children being manhandled, shouted at, restrained for long times […]

After-school care is the missing part of childcare jigsaw

Busy parents of primary school children may see it as a much-needed digout. They are waiting to see what the government’s long-awaited plans for subsidised after-school care consist of.

growing number of parents are struggling to fit in school hours with their work schedule. One of their greatest difficulties is working […]

Free pre-school places for special needs children under threat

‘Lack of assistants means kids can’t get help they require': Free pre-school places for special needs children under threat
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs admitted access to the free pre-school year for children with special needs was ‘not satisfactory’
Children with disablities are being denied their free pre-school places because […]

Why do childcare workers earn such low wages while parents pay high fees?

Thousands of childhood professionals are taking to the streets across the country this weekend to protest over a fundamental imbalance in their industry.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS are this Saturday taking to the streets in Cork, Dublin and Sligo in a bid to secure a wage that is commensurate with their important […]