The cost of childcare change means progress is likely to be slow

Twinkles in a minister’s eye
Few would deny that money devoted to early childcare and parental support is well spent. Studies by the OECD have found that Irish child-minding costs inhibit participation by mothers in the workforce and contribute to relative […]

Parental leave plans will only work if radical childcare reforms included

Potential plans to allow mothers double the amount of paid leave they receive after having a baby, and to receive extra weeks off if they split the time at home with their partner, will only improve child services if they […]

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 […]

Parents’ childcare choices reflect lack of funding by State

In the absence of subsidies, Irish childcare costs are among the world’s most expensive
The high cost of childcare is creating immense problems for many Irish parents. It is causing stress, preventing parents from working and driving them into the unregulated […]

Cheap childcare the solution only if children are the problem

If cheap childcare is the answer, why aren’t French women working harder than Irish women, asks Sarah Carey
This article and opinion piece appear in last week’s Sunday Independent and it got a really positive reaction from both parents and childcare providers who […]

Childcare tech start-up Little Vista raises €700k, nine new jobs created

Little Vista, formerly crechecom,  a Dun Laoghaire-based software company that has created an app that is revolutionising how crèches and childcare facilities operate, is to create nine new jobs after closing a €700,000 investment round.

Little Vista’s tablet-based technology helps centres […]

Listen to on 4FM

So, this morning we had a really fun radio slot on Classic Hits 4FM. We got on air to talk to Damien Farrelly and PJ Gallagher during their “You’re the Business” section in the morning about We spoke about how great […]

Childcare costs in Ireland highest in EU say OECD

The high cost of childcare in Ireland is under the spotlight today, as figures from the OECD put our childcare costs as highest in the EU.

Across the European Union, childcare costs around 12% of a family’s income, but in Ireland, […]