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At the very least, Budget 2018 must match last year’s childcare funds

‘At the very least, Budget 2018 must match last year’s childcare funds in order to deliver’
BIG STEP to more affordable childcare starts in the coming week.

It is good news for hard pressed families – but it must be followed by […]

Sixteen pre-school services in Kildare awarded Healthy Ireland status

Sixteen pre-school services in Kildare received their Healthy Ireland status at an awards ceremony  in Athlone Institute of Technology recently.

The Award recognises pre-schools across Ireland who have participated and achieved Healthy Ireland smart start status.

They promote healthy habits among children in […]

Families miss out on €48-a-month in childcare support after scheme ‘botched’

Around 9,000 families will not receive supports, announced in the budget, of up to €48 a month.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone admitted that she “can’t say exactly” when these payments will be introduced but it would not be before 2018.

The Affordable […]

Zappone open to retrospective payments on childcare scheme

The Minister for Children has said she is open to making retrospective payments to 9,000 families who will miss out on a €12-a-week childcare subsidy from September until an indeterminate time next year.

A spokesperson for Katherine Zappone told RTÉ News […]

Thousands to miss out on childcare subsidy due to IT problems

Thousands to miss out on childcare subsidy due to IT problems

Thousands of hard-working families are to miss out on part of the Government’s new childcare subsidy due to a delay in building a workable IT system.

Revenue and the Department of […]

Zappone announces full review of child care legislation

The review will aim to ensure that the views of children are central to any decisions affecting their home life
The Minister for Children has announced a full review of the Child Care Act, to better protect children in crisis situations.

Katherine […]

Childcare services are facing a ‘staffing crisis’ due to low wages

Irish families spend double the European average on childcare
Childcare services say they are facing a staffing crisis as they are unable to retain staff due to low wages.
Professional childcare workers can earn less than €10 per hour with some staff […]