Childcare in Budget 2018

An additional €20 million will be allocated towards supporting childcare measures, including the extended free pre-school programme. This means there will be a full two-year service available from September 2018.

During his budget speech in the Dail today, Mr Donoghue said the […]

Budget cash for updating childcare facilities

Budget cash for updating childcare facilities
Childcare providers will receive increased funding to upgrade their facilities and assist with administration costs as part of Budget 2018.

Having rolled out the first phase of the affordable childcare scheme, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone is […]

Childcare providers want to lower qualifications standards for staff

Childcare providers want to lower qualifications standards for staff
Group says carers are being ‘forced out’ of sector due to excessive regulation
Childcare providers want the Government to reduce qualification standards for their employees in order to tackle a “staffing crisis”.
Seas Suas, […]

‘Huge crèche fees are not the childcare sector’s fault. They’re the minister’s fault’

‘Huge crèche fees are not the childcare sector’s fault. They’re the minister’s fault’
Affordable childcare schemes are great but shouldn’t rearing children at home also be more ‘affordable’

Staying at home for a parent, be it mother or father, is not an […]

Surge in childcare providers signing up for Affordable Childcare scheme

More than 80% of childcare providers have signed up to deliver extra supports for families.

There had been fears that parents would not be able to avail of the new Affordable Childcare scheme, as many facilities were slow to register citing high […]

‘Childcare providers are desperate and frustrated’

Affordable Childcare Scheme: ‘Childcare providers are desperate and frustrated’
Childcare providers have subsidised the chronic underfunding from the government out of their own pockets for years, Jennifer Whitmore writes for TheJournal.ie – link below
THERE HAS BEEN lots of feelgood fanfare around […]

Crèches will be ‘monitored’ over abuse of childcare subsidy

Crèches will be ‘monitored’ over abuse of childcare subsidy
Minister Zappone warns against profiteering as Affordable Childcare Scheme begins
Parents of children in registered childcare providers will have up to €80 a month knocked off their bills under the Affordable Childcare scheme […]

Increase to childcare subsidy could be scrapped if crèches hike prices – Zappone warns

Increase to childcare subsidy could be scrapped if crèches hike prices – Zappone warns

The proposed boost to the childcare subsidy will be scrapped if crèches increase prices a planned, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has warned.

The Minister wants to increase the […]