Pressure on Zappone over childcare for average earners

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone is coming under increasing pressure to ensure her childcare plans for the Budget cover middle-income earners.

As she thrashes out the threshold at which parents become eligible for subsidised childcare with Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe, Fianna […]

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 […]

Childcare costs plan ‘must also benefit’ middle earners

Childcare costs plan ‘must also benefit’ middle earners
Government considering means-tested scheme to pay bills directly to providers
Any schemes to reduce the cost of childcare for families must benefit middle-income earners as well as those on lower wages, Fine Gael sources […]

Government considering childcare subsidy for crèches

Government considering childcare subsidy for crèches

Families under pressure with childcare costs could soon benefit from proposed new Government subsidies.

The planned scheme would involve the State paying part of the costs directly to crèches, but it will not cover parents who […]

Subsidised childcare ‘unfair and unjust’ on stay-at-home parents

Iona Institute says Government’s childare proposal is ‘extremely concerning’
Proposals to introduce a subsidised childcare system are “unfair and unjust” on stay-at-home parents the Iona Institute says.
Reacting to a report in Friday’s Irish Times, the conservative think-tank said it was “extremely […]

Good news for parents as the Government will introduce an allowance to cover childcare costs in the upcoming budget

Good news for parents as the Government will introduce an allowance to cover childcare costs in the upcoming budget
There could soon be some assistance for parents of young children as the Government are considering providing an allowance for childcare costs.

It […]

Government promises almost 20,000 extra free preschool places this month

Government promises almost 20,000 extra free preschool places this month
Childcare providers say they are working for nothing to fulfill a Government promise of almost 20,000 extra free preschool places for children this month.

They warn that further expanding the scheme to […]

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 […]