Everyday Parenting

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 […]

The ABC guide to the childcare digouts

Your Money: The ABC guide to the childcare digouts

The new childcare subsidies could slash your childcare bill by over €10,000 a year, writes Louise McBride in the Irish Independent

Katherine Zappone’s new childcare plan was arguably the centrepiece of this month’s Budget. However the scheme, which offers childcare subsidies to help parents with the crippling cost of childcare, has attracted as […]

New childcare subsidy will do little to really help women return to work

New childcare subsidy will do little to really help women return to work

Katherine Zappone has introduced a childcare grant, but Sarah Carey argues her goals to help the poor risk being undone and will do little to help women back to work

The population’s political preferences are often categorised on spectrums, ranging from Left to Right or liberal […]

Government is beginning to recognise that the first 5 years of a child’s life are the most crucial

Opinion: The government is beginning to recognise that the first five years of a child’s life are the most crucial

Adults need to step away and put children back at the centre of childcare, writes Tanya Ward of TheJournal.ie

ANY DISCUSSION CENTRED on how to raise children is going to be fraught, and this week has been no exception.

The cost of […]

Stay-at-home parents and families left out of childcare plan

Stay-at-home parents and families left out of childcare plan

New childcare measures have come in for sharp criticism for excluding stay-at-home parents and families who depend on their relatives for childcare.

The universal childcare payment and subsidised childcare had been touted as one of the centre pieces of Budget 2016.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has said it will open up doors […]

Who will benefit from new childcare package?

Budget 2017: Who will benefit from childcare package?

Less than a third of families whose children need minding may gain from scheme

The childcare package in Budget 2017 was never going to please everybody because there are so many permutations on how families structure their lives, depending on circumstances and personal preferences.

With the new Single Affordable Childcare Scheme, which will […]

Forget €5 pension hike, give granny a break from childminding instead

Forget €5 pension hike, give granny a break from childminding instead

In 2015, a ‘Growing Up in Ireland’ report found that the most common form of non-parental childcare was provided by relatives, with grandparents looking after one-third of infants in childcare.

For generations, every Irish child loved visiting their grandparents. It was a Sunday ritual that came with the unspoken promise of […]

State considers radical plan to help pay for childcare

State considers radical plan to help pay for childcare

Means-tested scheme is expected to be rolled out over a number of years from September

A radical new system of subsidised childcare that would mean the State pays a portion of a family’s bills directly to childcare providers is under consideration for next month’s budget.

The means-tested scheme is expected to be […]

It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought, ‘Why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a therapy session. John’s school had begun using the devices with younger and younger grades — and his technology teacher had […]

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 […]