Everyday Parenting

98 per cent of mums unhappy with childcare support says survey

The study also found that a shocking 84% of working parents struggle to budget for their children’s childcare costs A whopping 98% of mums are unhappy with childcare support from the Government, a new survey has revealed. A study carried

James Reilly seeks extra month of split parental leave

Minister for Children wants extension as part of wider childcare reform package An additional month’s split parental leave is being sought by Minister for Children James Reilly in budget negotiations as one of a number of first moves in a

Cost of childcare as high as €25k a year for just two children

Infographic from The Irish Independent Childcare for two children can cost as much as an average Irish worker earns in a year, the Irish Independent can reveal. A survey of more than 150 crèches across the country found that costs

Childcare and housing challenge as baby boom continues

There was 14.4 babies born per 1,000 residents in the State last year, easily eclipsing the EU average of 10.1 In stark contrast, Ireland also recorded one of Europe’s lowest death rates at 6.4pc per 1,000 residents – some distance

Young looked after in creches develop better motor-skills

Better language skills at age 3 if young minded by relatives but young looked after in creches develop better motor-skills by same age, says Túsla research Infants cared for by a relative develop better language skills by the age of

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

Government traps parents in classic Catch-22 on childcare

The Government remains determined to coax single parents off welfare and back into jobs, despite mass protests outside the Dáil last week. On July 2, the age limit for the One-Parent Family Payment will be reduced to seven for most

The Children’s Referendum will not have to be held again

“This is a great day for Children’s rights,” Senator Jillian VanTurnhout THE SUPREME COURT has ruled that the Children’s Referendum should not be re-run. A High Court petition taken by Joanna Jordan from Dun Laoghaire to overturn the result of the

James Reilly looks to parents on childcare

Parents are for the first-time being invited to submit suggestions to the Government on how to address the childcare crisis. Children’s Minister James Reilly is seeking submissions from parents and other interest parties as part of a review of childcare

Know the law on child car seats

This is some really great information from the RSA on the right car seat for your child. You can download the PDF document by following this link:  

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

Childcare tax relief will not improve care quality, says lobby

Direct subsidies would improve affordability and improve services, high-level body to be told Parents should not be given tax relief for childcare on the basis that this would do little to improve quality or assist less well-off families, a high-level

Primary schools could be kept open for two hours for supervised afterschool

After-school childcare plans to target struggling parents Hard-pressed parents are set to benefit from a plan to use schools to provide low-cost evening time childcare. Under proposals being prepared by the Government, primary schools would be kept open for two

Jim O’Callaghan: ‘Parents need a tax break for childcare’

It requires nerves of steel, extraordinary courage and remarkable determination to have children in Ireland today. Despite all our self-congratulatory talk about family values and the like, we have somehow managed to create a very cold house indeed when it

Water Safety for Children

You can never take any chances when it comes to your children. Drowning is a very real threat that deserves far more attention than it receives. Just one little mistake can have huge repercussions.  For this reason have developed a

“Childcare tax breaks for parents not being ruled out”

THE MINISTER FOR Health Leo Varadkar has said the cost of childcare will be an election issue. Speaking on RTE’s Claire Byrne Live, he said that the government “would not rule out” tax breaks for parents, but said there would

James Reilly rules out €5k crèche tax breaks for families

Children’s Minister James Reilly has ruled out tax breaks worth up to €5,000 a year for struggling families whose children are in crèches because it may only benefit the rich and be wiped out by linked increases in facility costs.

Kids Online? Top tips to give your kids about photo sharing

When young people first go online it can be difficult for them to figure out the boundary between what should go online and what should stay offline. February 10th 2015 sees the launch of Safer Internet Week, an EU initiative

The Real Issues Facing The Early Childhood Care Sector – Morning Ireland

Childcare Affordability was discussed on RTE’s morning Ireland today in Motherhubbards Childcare in Ongar. Teresa Heeney of Early Childhood Ireland was there. Karen McGovern, manager of Mother Hubbards in Ongar, Dublin and parents from her service are joined by Teresa

Bosses aren’t happy about proposals for paid paternity leave

BUSINESS GROUP IBEC has said today that any proposal to offer paid paternity leave to fathers in new legislation would result in a “disproportionate burden” for employers. Last night, Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he was confident that 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

Getting your toddler to listen

Toddlers are just like the rest of us — they don’t always listen. In fact, at their age they need you to teach them how to pay attention. “But what often happens,” says Roni Leiderman, associate dean of the Family