Childcare News

Wins For Childcare Centers At National Awards

There was success recently for a number of crèches at the 7th annual Baby Elegance Maternity & Infant Awards at a gala luncheon in Dublin. Best Multiple Crèche was awarded to Grovelands Crèche, Athlone and Best Community Crèche was presented to

Survey shows shortcomings in ECCE Scheme

Survey points to shortcomings in ECCE (free preschool) scheme and need for increased capitation, inclusion of continuous professional development in the scheme and Special Needs Assistants 46% of crèches and preschools around the country indicated that their financial stability has 

Subsidised after-school care places not taken up

Just over 100 children in scheme that was due to offer ‘upwards of 6,000’ places An ambitious Government plan to provide thousands of after-school places for children of parents returning to the workforce has resulted in just a fraction of

Irish early years organisations call for more childcare funding

Early years organisations in Ireland are pressing for greater investment in childcare in the Government’s 2015 Budget. In their pre-budget submissions, Early Childhood Ireland and Start Strong call upon the Irish Government to invest additional millions into improving the quality

Irish childcare settings will be inspected on their quality of education

Childcare settings in Ireland will be subject to education-focused inspections from next year. Making the announcement last week on Budget 2015, Ireland’s minister for children and youth affairs James Reilly revealed that early childhood settings participating in the Early Childhood