Everyday Parenting

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 policy being led by his department.

The inter-departmental group is examining a number of ways of alleviating the burden of […]

Know the law on child car seats

This is some really great information from the RSA on the right car seat for your child.

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Use the Orange Dinosaur To Find Childcare!

Over the weekend at the Early Childcare Ireland conference and AGM in Croke Park, ChildcareFinder.ie 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 say hello. We were delighted to hear from so many of them that the Orange Dinosaur that we call “Dino” is […]

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 Government group will be told on Tuesday.

Instead, childcare groups will urge policymakers to subsidise places directly in creches, as […]

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 hours for supervised play and homework clubs.

The move would allow working parents to save money on childcare and work extra hours without […]

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 comes to young people struggling to raise their kids.

Young people with ambitions to start a family are being forced to […]

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 MailSports.co.uk have developed a Water Safety for Children infographic, which details potential hazards and how to avoid them.

See a fantastic article and the infographic at […]

“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 have to be caution exercised around any new initiative.

He said that government have made improvements by reversing cuts to child benefit, […]

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.

Children’s Minister James Reilly has ruled out tax breaks worth up to €5,000 a year for struggling families whose children are […]

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 which aims to provide children and teenagers with the skills to fight dangers posed by the internet.

Children and teenagers often don’t […]