Advice On Childcare

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 Suas, the representative body for independent providers in the early education and childcare sector.

The survey shows that women were significantly […]

‘Affordable childcare’: 10 things you should know

‘Affordable childcare’: 10 things you should know

Families can look forward to some extra support this autumn, but parents should research their entitlements

For the first time, parents in the “squeezed middle” can look forward to getting a little help from the State to pay for centre-based childcare this autumn. And some low-income families who are already receiving a subsidy […]

DCYA Roadshow – More Affordable Childcare Information Sessions

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs would like to extend an invitation to childcare providers to attend an information session to discuss the measures introduced for September 2017 to make childcare more affordable for parents.

The information sessions will take place in eight locations nationwide and officials from both DCYA and Pobal will be in attendance to answer your queries […]

Struggling parents to learn of Government plans to save them €1,000 a year on childcare costs

Struggling parents to learn of Government plans to save them €1,000 a year on childcare costs

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone will unveil the subsidy for kids  aged six months to three  years

HARD-pressed parents will learn today of ­Government plans to save them €1,000 a year on childcare costs.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone will unveil the subsidy for kids aged six […]

Do you need assistance with your childcare costs?

Great article posted on SchoolDays.ie here. Contents as follows:

If you are a parent/guardian who is on low income, is in school, job training or in receipt of social welfare payment then you may be eligible for assistance with your childcare costs.

The Department of Children and Youth Afairs (DCYA) currently provides financial help towards childcare costs for […]

Our failure to properly tackle childcare’s sky-high cost is a scandal

Charlie Weston: Our failure to properly tackle childcare’s sky-high cost is a scandal

IT is a burden that working parents in few other countries have to bear. The cost of childcare is scandalously high, amounting to the equivalent of a second mortgage for many working couples.

Our childcare costs are the second most expensive among some 35 countries that make up […]

What will new regulations mean for early years services?

Changes to qualifications and registration but no mandatory policy for child protection

Three years and one month after secretly filmed footage in three childcare centres shocked the country and highlighted the urgent need for improved standards, new regulations for early years services will come into effect from June 30th.
This is before the introduction this September of a second free pre-school year […]

Families facing childcare crisis after being warned to register with Revenue

Families face childcare crisis after au pair wins €10k in ‘employee’ test case

Thousands of families are facing a childcare crisis after being warned they must formally register with Revenue as employers and pay full wages if they take an au pair into their home.

The warning comes after a landmark legal case involving a Spanish au pair whose host family were […]

Children in childcare learn ‘just as well’ as those at home

Study finds no difference in cognitive abilities between those with parents and in childcare

It makes no difference to a young child’s cognitive abilities whether they are looked after by their parents or sent to childcare, such as creches, according a new study to be published on Thursday.

The findings are contained in the latest Growing Up in Ireland study, which is […]

Examples of How Expansion of ECCE Scheme Will Work

Examples of How Expansion of ECCE Scheme Will Work

The following are examples taken from Early Childhood Ireland’s Briefing of Childcare Related Changed in Budget 2016.

Early Childhood Ireland understand that:

  • The ‘free pre-school year’ has been extended to allow children take up a place from when they are 3 years old up until they are either 5 ½ […]