Capital Grant Funding For Early Years Services

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, has announced that almost €7 million in capital funding has been allocated to 2,415 grantees, with 60 childcare centres receiving funding in the North County.

A total of €5 million of […]

NWCI calls for Budget 2016 to end the current childcare crisis

In a letter sent to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) today called for the introduction of an affordable quality childcare infrastructure, complemented by paid leave to reconcile work […]

Affordable childcare vital if women to play full part in society

Affordable childcare must be made available if women are to pay a full part in public and civil life, the National Women’s Council of Ireland has said.
In a letter sent to Minister for Children James Reilly, the women’s council calls […]

Cong Digital Un-conference first in Ireland to offer free childcare for speakers

Cong Digital will be held at Ashford Castle.
The first in Ireland to offer free childcare for speakers
Congregation Digital Technology Un-conference, held in Cong, Co Mayo, has, historically, enjoyed a 60:40 ratio of men to women, and always strives to keep […]

We must broaden debate on childcare

The Yates Anthology: We must broaden debate on childcare
The debate surrounding Children’s Minister James Reilly’s Inter-Departmental Group Report into future childcare services is uniformly one dimensional. The singular narrative for parents of children under four years is childcare is unaffordable, […]

Childcare and housing challenge as baby boom continues

There was 14.4 babies born per 1,000 residents in the State last year, easily eclipsing the EU average of 10.1

In stark contrast, Ireland also recorded one of Europe’s lowest death rates at 6.4pc per 1,000 residents – some distance behind […]

Funding needed to equalise access to childcare

Grandparents are providing valuable childcare supports, but more Government investment is needed for equal access to formal childcare and improvements in its quality, researchers have said.
The study of the types of childcare used by children at different ages, and its […]

Analysis: Early childhood care scheme too little, too late

Access to childcare outside ECCE hours dependent on parents’ income and education
One of the key recommendations of the Tusla study is that the focus of childcare policy must broaden from just the early years. There is a necessity for “high […]