Everyday Parenting

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 […]

Study finds Irish men contribute least to “Unpaid Childcare”

International study finds Irish men contribute least to childcare

Advocacy groups say action needed to address gender inequalities in childcare

Just seven per cent of unpaid childcare in Ireland is done by men according to a new report which describes the country as having the most unequal gender responsibility for looking after children.
Men in countries such as Iraq, Algeria and the United […]

ChildcareFinder.ie Featured On OfficeMum.ie

“Parent Guilt is a much documented issue and is often described as “A Silent Epidemic”. It’s hard to avoid these days in the online world we live in.”

Regina Graham is a Dublin mum of three and owner of Childcarefinder.ie – here she talks about the guilt epidemic that goes hand-in-hand with parenting, the glass ceiling, and what prompted her to […]

Women must make affordable childcare an election issue

For the next few weeks, we will be plagued with knocks on the door as candidates try to persuade us to give them our votes. They will dazzle us with their mandates and promises for the future.

One of the key issues women across the country will be asking about is what the candidate, and his or her party, are […]

€2 an hour for childcare puts parents on a wage of €2 an hour

By VICTORIA WHITE: €2 an hour for childcare puts parents on a wage of €2 an hour

TWO euro an hour. That’s what a child is worth as the Coalition’s general election campaign kicks off in this centenary year of 2016.

The pledge, to be achieved by 2021, came from the Labour Party but Fine Gael is presumably singing off the same […]

Labour promises childcare for €2 an hour

Photo: Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan

Childcare costs would be cut to €2 an hour under a new scheme being promised by Labour if the party is returned to Government.

Parents would be able to access a State-subsidised service for children aged from nine months to 12 years, for 40 hours a week.

It would mean a dramatic reduction in the […]

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 […]

ECI survey on screen time amongst young children shows worrying trends

Early Childhood Ireland survey on screen time usage amongst young children shows some worrying trends and lack of guidelines for parents

A new survey (published today Monday 30th November on www.earlychildhoodireland.ie) of 332 parents from around the country regarding screen time and technology use by young children within the home has highlighted some worrying trends, according to Early Childhood Ireland […]

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 billion increase in allocation to the department allowed him “to bring forward a package of measures to ease the burden on working […]

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 looking for details of the expanded Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme which, Minister Brendan Howlin said would operate “from now […]