Everyday Parenting

Free childcare among package of sweeteners for young parents

The Government has used its final Budget to woo young parents who were among the worst hit by the country’s punishing economic crash.

Ahead of an imminent general election, the coalition unveiled a health, education and welfare spending package aimed at struggling families.

Key among the reforms is free childcare for children from three years of age until they are five and […]

Budget to give free pre-school for every child over three years

Government to announce a ‘family friendly’ giveaway in Dail this week

The major announcement will be made in the Coalition’s “family friendly” Budget and is the central plank of the Coalition’s much-anticipated package of childcare reforms aimed at reducing costs for hard-working families.

Children’s Minister James Reilly has been given €85m to invest in the extra free education and a range of […]

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 out by MummyPages.ie also found that a shocking 84% of working parents struggle to budget for their children’s childcare costs.

And 99% […]

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 wider childcare reform package.

The Coalition had already signalled a move towards a full year’s leave during the first 12 months of […]

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 can be as high as €25,200 in Dublin.

The national average was more than €19,600 for two children under the age […]

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 behind the EU average of 9.7pc.

The new figures, released by the EU’s statistical office Eurostat, now puts Ireland’s population […]

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 three than those cared for in settings such as creches, according to new research.

Children looked after in creches develop […]

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 of starting preschool by sharing the following tips to families with young children, starting preschool in September; to calm the nerves for […]

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 claimants. This means that around 32,000 single parents will lose their payment next month.

Article By Lorraine Courtney from the Irish Independent


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 2012 referendum was previously rejected. It ruled the Government’s conduct – specifically using State monies to publish an unbalanced information campaign – did not […]