Much-delayed IT system to see Affordable Childcare Scheme launch pushed back to 2019 – at least

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has declined to provide an estimate as to when the ACS, originally slated for September 2017, will be able to officially launch.
THE GOVERNMENT’S SIGNATURE Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS) is set to be […]

‘Laughable’, ‘a joke’, ‘cynical’, ‘opportunistic’ – Zappone brought to task by parents over childcare fees crisis

‘Laughable’, ‘a joke’, ‘cynical’, ‘opportunistic’ – Zappone brought to task by parents over childcare fees crisis
The introduction of a universal subsidy for childcare in September saw many creches across the country raise their fees at the same time.
THE DEPARTMENT OF […]

Women twice as likely to miss work due to a lack of childcare

A lack of childcare has meant that almost 30pc of parents could not attend work or missed out on job opportunities, a new survey has found.

The research also found that women are twice as likely as men to miss work […]

Irish parents missing out on job opportunities due to a lack of childcare

Three out of ten parents (28%) could not attend work or have missed out on new job opportunities because they could not access childcare. This is according to a survey of 1,000 respondents which was undertaken on behalf of Seas […]

Why this créche chain is banning glitter for Christmas crafts

Why this créche chain is banning glitter for Christmas crafts
‘If we’re all getting through kilos and kilos of it, we’re doing terrible damage,’ says director

A nursery chain is to ban children from using glitter because of fears about the damage […]

Report ranks Ireland last in Europe for investing in early education

A report has put Ireland at the bottom when it comes to the amount spent on pre-primary education.

The report, by philanthropic foundation Bertelsmann Stiftung, also ranks Ireland 21st out of 28 countries on education equality and criticises Ireland’s two tier […]

This is what parents are asking childcare providers

This is what parents are asking childcare providers
Every day, parents use ChildcareFinder.ie to contact childcare providers who are listed on our site.
Here are just a selection of  enquiries sent to childcare providers who are listed our site in the last 48 hours […]

Struggling preschool staff want a fair wage

The lesson is that struggling preschool staff want a fair wage
Parents are paying the equivalent of a second mortgage on childcare because state investment is 10% of what is internationally recommended, says Marian Quinn

EARLY childhood education and care will be in […]