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, […]

Primary schools could be kept open for two hours for supervised afterschool

After-school childcare plans to target struggling parents
Hard-pressed parents are set to benefit from a plan to use schools to provide low-cost evening time childcare.

Under proposals being prepared by the Government, primary schools would be kept open for two hours for […]

Plans for sale of State land to provide schools and childcare

A LIST is being compiled of State-owned land and buildings which could be sold or developed in partnership with the private sector to provide housing, schools and childcare facilities.

The Government plans to draw on a massive landbank held by local […]

James Reilly on new childcare group & second free year

Minster James Reilly was interviewed today on Newstalk about the new high-level group of civil servants which begins work today on a more integrated way to fund childcare in Ireland.
Reporting back by summer
The minister said that the group would report back […]