98 per cent of mums unhappy with childcare support says survey

The study also found that a shocking 84% of working parents struggle to budget for their children’s childcare costs
A whopping 98% of mums are unhappy with childcare support from the Government, a new survey has revealed.

A study carried out by […]

James Reilly seeks extra month of split parental leave

Minister for Children wants extension as part of wider childcare reform package
An additional month’s split parental leave is being sought by Minister for Children James Reilly in budget negotiations as one of a number of first moves in a wider […]

Cost of childcare as high as €25k a year for just two children

Infographic from The Irish Independent
Childcare for two children can cost as much as an average Irish worker earns in a year, the Irish Independent can reveal.

A survey of more than 150 crèches across the country found that costs can be […]

Childcare and housing challenge as baby boom continues

There was 14.4 babies born per 1,000 residents in the State last year, easily eclipsing the EU average of 10.1

In stark contrast, Ireland also recorded one of Europe’s lowest death rates at 6.4pc per 1,000 residents – some distance behind […]

Young looked after in creches develop better motor-skills

Better language skills at age 3 if young minded by relatives but young looked after in creches develop better motor-skills by same age, says Túsla research
Infants cared for by a relative develop better language skills by the age of three […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Children’s Referendum will not have to be held again

“This is a great day for Children’s rights,” Senator Jillian VanTurnhout
THE SUPREME COURT has ruled that the Children’s Referendum should not be re-run.

A High Court petition taken by Joanna Jordan from Dun Laoghaire to overturn the result of the 2012 referendum […]