98 per cent of mums unhappy with childcare support says survey

The study also found that a shocking 84% of working parents struggle to budget for their children’s childcare costs
A whopping 98% of mums are unhappy with childcare support from the Government, a new survey has revealed.

A study carried out by […]

State subsidised child care is no Nirvana

Breda O’Brien: State subsidised child care is no Nirvana
What is good for disadvantaged children is not good for all children, research suggests
Childcare is one of the biggest worries faced by parents working outside the home. They worry about the cost, […]

‘Firms are losing staff as childcare costs are extortionate’

Firms are losing staff because the cost of childcare is making it impossible for parents to stay in work, a leading business group has claimed.
Chambers Ireland said the country would not be able to remain competitive unless more money was […]

Crèche worker’s ‘life ruined’ after tot left outside

A childcare worker broke down in tears as she told a tribunal how her life had been ‘ruined’ after she was ‘wrongly blamed’ for leaving an 18-month old toddler unsupervised outside a crèche for 10 minutes.

Laura Johnston (36) was giving […]

Budget must address cost of childcare

As politicians prepare to hit the doorsteps in the coming months they can expect to hear as much about creche bills as Irish Water ones.

That’s because of the sheer expense of this service.

Childcare for two toddlers can cost up to […]

James Reilly seeks extra month of split parental leave

Minister for Children wants extension as part of wider childcare reform package
An additional month’s split parental leave is being sought by Minister for Children James Reilly in budget negotiations as one of a number of first moves in a wider […]

Renua proposes tax break for childcare

Creche network would be paid for through property tax via a social cohesion fund
Renua Ireland has proposed that parents should be entitled to tax relief to help cover the cost of childcare.
In its latest policy proposal, the party said its […]

Childcare available for as little as €10 per day on black market

Unregulated childminders are offering to look after youngsters for as little as €10 a day – a move that is putting qualified professionals “under serious pressure to compete”.

Online adverts seen by the Irish Independent show how under-pressure parents can leave […]