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 […]

New childcare subsidy will do little to really help women return to work

New childcare subsidy will do little to really help women return to work
Katherine Zappone has introduced a childcare grant, but Sarah Carey argues her goals to help the poor risk being undone and will do little to help women back […]

Government is beginning to recognise that the first 5 years of a child’s life are the most crucial

Opinion: The government is beginning to recognise that the first five years of a child’s life are the most crucial
Adults need to step away and put children back at the centre of childcare, writes Tanya Ward of TheJournal.ie
ANY DISCUSSION CENTRED […]

Stay-at-home parents and families left out of childcare plan

Stay-at-home parents and families left out of childcare plan
New childcare measures have come in for sharp criticism for excluding stay-at-home parents and families who depend on their relatives for childcare.

The universal childcare payment and subsidised childcare had been touted as […]

Who will benefit from new childcare package?

Budget 2017: Who will benefit from childcare package?
Less than a third of families whose children need minding may gain from scheme
The childcare package in Budget 2017 was never going to please everybody because there are so many permutations on how […]

Forget €5 pension hike, give granny a break from childminding instead

Forget €5 pension hike, give granny a break from childminding instead
In 2015, a ‘Growing Up in Ireland’ report found that the most common form of non-parental childcare was provided by relatives, with grandparents looking after one-third of infants in childcare.
For […]

State considers radical plan to help pay for childcare

State considers radical plan to help pay for childcare
Means-tested scheme is expected to be rolled out over a number of years from September
A radical new system of subsidised childcare that would mean the State pays a portion of a family’s […]

It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies
Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought, ‘Why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a […]