Advice On Childcare

Do I qualify for the National Childcare Scheme?

  Do I qualify for the National Childcare Scheme? Perhaps the most frequently asked question about the new National Childcare Scheme (NCS): The good news is that universal subsidies will be available to all families with children under three-years-of-age OR

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

‘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

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

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

Do you need assistance with your childcare costs?

Great article posted on 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

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

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

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

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

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. Expansion of ECCE (Free Pre-School) Early Childhood Ireland understand that: The ‘free pre-school year’ has been extended

Briefing of Childcare Related Changed in Budget 2016

Briefing for Childcare Providers From Budget 2016 as compiled by Early Childhood Ireland. Early Childhood Ireland has released their briefing on the main childcare related points of budget 2016. These article includes: Expansion of ECCE (Free Pre-School) Examples of how the

Childcare package will not help parents paying for preschool

Free preschool measures not expected to be introduced until September 2016 Parents of children paying for pre-school care will not benefit from the childcare measures announced in Budget 2016. Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said the €1.1

Childcare package in budget will not activate until September 2016

Measures aimed at hard-pressed working families will offer little relief to many parents of pre-school children Childcare was the dominant issue for readers in the wake of the 2016 Budget presentation, specifically the new pre-school care measures. Hard-pressed parents were

Taking the stress out of starting preschool by being prepared

Taking the stress out of starting preschool by being prepared Tips from Beaumont Community Playgroup, located in St. Fiachra’s School grounds Beaumont for the past 22 years  These days, Beaumont Community Playgroup is helping local families to avoid the stress

Why do childcare workers earn such low wages while parents pay high fees?

Thousands of childhood professionals are taking to the streets across the country this weekend to protest over a fundamental imbalance in their industry. EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS are this Saturday taking to the streets in Cork, Dublin and Sligo in a

Use the Orange Dinosaur To Find Childcare!

Over the weekend at the Early Childcare Ireland conference and AGM in Croke Park, were located at stand 18 of the Expo hall. Lots of childcare providers and people who work hard in the childcare sector popped by to

Parents’ childcare choices reflect lack of funding by State

In the absence of subsidies, Irish childcare costs are among the world’s most expensive The high cost of childcare is creating immense problems for many Irish parents. It is causing stress, preventing parents from working and driving them into the

13 Questions You Should Ask When Choosing Childcare

When choosing childcare parents are often overwhelmed by the amount of information available through various channels. It helps, before you go and see a childcare facility for your child, to have a list of things written down that you want

What to Look Out For When Choosing Childcare

The first step you should take is to make a list of qualities you’re looking for in a childcare provider, such as experience, staff rations, flexibility etc. When searching for a new crèche or childcare facility make sure to give

Helping Your Child to Settle in Childcare

You’ve just started your child in a new creche.  It’s the first day however things go wrong and your child protests loudly when its’ time for you to say good bye. Many children experience anxiety when starting a new childcare