Running A Childcare Business

Second year of free childcare could be at risk

Concern has been expressed that the second year of free childcare is now at risk. IMPACT says because the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has failed to agree contracts with childcare providers, there’s no guarantee it will be sorted

Childcare providers say extra administration for the regulations is an issue

‘Quality counts, but it also costs money’ Many childcare providers say extra administration required for the regulations will be an issue Like many a high-quality early years service, Crumlin Childcare Centre in Dublin already has in place most of the

What will new regulations mean for early years services?

Changes to qualifications and registration but no mandatory policy for child protection Three years and one month after secretly filmed footage in three childcare centres shocked the country and highlighted the urgent need for improved standards, new regulations for early

60,000 extra children to benefit from free childcare places

A special fund of €6.5 million has been announced to help pre-schools expand to meet increased demand. 60,000 extra children are due to avail of free childcare places from this September under the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme and

Parents Looking For Childcare For September

Childcare providers should know this! The above image shows actual enquiries from parents who are using in the last 24 hours. We have noticed a trend in the last 3 weeks of parents looking for childcare for September, most

Childcare providers to form professional body

Group will lobby government on policy issues Childcare providers are planning to establish a professional representative organisation and have invited all private providers of full day childcare services to participate. Childcare providers from around the country will meet at the

New childcare centres will face pre-opening inspections

For the first time new creches and preschools here will have to undergo inspection before they can open their doors to babies and young children. Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has updated the country’s childcare regulations for the first

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Shortage of places for extra free ECCE year in Creches

Parents are facing a scramble for childcare after a warning that there will not be enough places for all children when the second free preschool year starts in less than five months’ time. Childcare providers say it is impossible to

Childcare workers can earn less than €10 an hour, survey says

Impact union accuses politicians of abandoning childcare issues since the election Professional childcare workers can earn less than €10 per hour with some staff on part-time contracts coming out with as little as €5,130 a year, a new survey claims.

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Cheaper Childcare Promises – Is The Issue of Quality Being Lost?

There is more wrong with Irish childcare than the cost – writes Peter McGuire in the Irish Times Political parties are trying to woo voters with promises of cheaper childcare but the issue of quality is at risk of being

Increase In Parents Looking For Childcare

January saw a huge increase in visitor numbers and visitor engagement on, as parents start looking again for local childcare. If you own a creche, Montessori, afterschool or preschool service you can get listed and get found by local

‘Greater childcare subsidies needed’

A report calling for greater state subsidisation of childcare to relieve parents of the burden of an “extra mortgage” and to ensure the sector is sustainable for childcare providers has been broadly welcomed. The recommendation is one of 13 contained

Concern over free pre-school year scheme extension

Working conditions must be addressed before extending scheme, inquiry hears The Government’s plans to offer children a second year of free pre-school education should not go ahead before major problems with existing services are overcome, an Oireachtas inquiry has urged.

Reaction from Early Childhood Ireland to IDG report published today

Reaction from Teresa Heeney CEO of Early Childhood Ireland to IDG report published today entitled  ‘Supporting Access to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme for Children with a Disability’:   “This plan and investment announced for children with additional

Early childcare workers to require level 5 qualification

New regulations to include fresh inspection rules, says Minister for Children James Reilly   ll staff working with children in early years settings will be required to have a nationally recognised Level 5 qualification under new regulations to be published

Examples of How Expansion of ECCE Scheme Will Work

Examples of How Expansion of ECCE Scheme Will Work The following are examples taken from Early Childhood Ireland’s Briefing of Childcare Related Changed in Budget 2016. Expansion of ECCE (Free Pre-School) Early Childhood Ireland understand that: The ‘free pre-school year’ has been extended

Briefing of Childcare Related Changed in Budget 2016

Briefing for Childcare Providers From Budget 2016 as compiled by Early Childhood Ireland. Early Childhood Ireland has released their briefing on the main childcare related points of budget 2016. These article includes: Expansion of ECCE (Free Pre-School) Examples of how the

Budget a mixed bag for childcare says representative

A Donegal childcare representative has welcomed the €15 million funding program which will facilitate participation of children with special needs in pre-school education. Avril McMonagle, manager of Donegal County Childcare said that the funding will solve an issue that has

Inspection system ‘failing children and parents’ says crèche workers group

The country’s crèche inspection system is “inconsistent” and “failing both children and parents”, according to a body representing childcare professionals. Teresa Heeney, chief executive of Early Childhood Ireland, called for an overhaul of the pre-school service inspection system operated by

Pre-schools warned of insurance risk if they breach planning

Many pre-school facilities in Ireland are operating in breach of planning laws, according to an organisation representing childcare workers. The Association of Childhood Professionals (ACP) said the problem was “a huge issue” with potential legal and insurance ramifications. In one