Childcare tax relief will not improve care quality, says lobby

Direct subsidies would improve affordability and improve services, high-level body to be told
Parents should not be given tax relief for childcare on the basis that this would do little to improve quality or assist less well-off families, a high-level Government […]

Primary schools could be kept open for two hours for supervised afterschool

After-school childcare plans to target struggling parents
Hard-pressed parents are set to benefit from a plan to use schools to provide low-cost evening time childcare.

Under proposals being prepared by the Government, primary schools would be kept open for two hours for […]

Jim O’Callaghan: ‘Parents need a tax break for childcare’

It requires nerves of steel, extraordinary courage and remarkable determination to have children in Ireland today.
Despite all our self-congratulatory talk about family values and the like, we have somehow managed to create a very cold house indeed when it comes […]

Water Safety for Children

You can never take any chances when it comes to your children. Drowning is a very real threat that deserves far more attention than it receives. Just one little mistake can have huge repercussions.  For this reason have developed a […]

“Childcare tax breaks for parents not being ruled out”

THE MINISTER FOR Health Leo Varadkar has said the cost of childcare will be an election issue.

Speaking on RTE’s Claire Byrne Live, he said that the government “would not rule out” tax breaks for parents, but said there would have […]

James Reilly rules out €5k crèche tax breaks for families

Children’s Minister James Reilly has ruled out tax breaks worth up to €5,000 a year for struggling families whose children are in crèches because it may only benefit the rich and be wiped out by linked increases in facility costs.

Children’s […]

Kids Online? Top tips to give your kids about photo sharing

When young people first go online it can be difficult for them to figure out the boundary between what should go online and what should stay offline.

February 10th 2015 sees the launch of Safer Internet Week, an EU initiative which […]

The Real Issues Facing The Early Childhood Care Sector – Morning Ireland

Childcare Affordability was discussed on RTE’s morning Ireland today in Motherhubbards Childcare in Ongar. Teresa Heeney of Early Childhood Ireland was there.

Karen McGovern, manager of Mother Hubbards in Ongar, Dublin and parents from her service are joined by Teresa Heeney, […]