Running A Childcare Business

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 lost

‘Sand,” says Jamie (4). “I like to play in the sand. And we pick up the pebbles in the garden […]

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 parents too… for less than €2 per week!

Contact Regina on 086 8356895 or look here for more info.

‘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 in a report on Affordable and Quality Childcare by the joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, published yesterday.

A need to […]

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.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced in October that the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme would be available […]

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 needs at pre-school level is long overdue.  On first glance of this interdepartmental group report today presented by Ministers Reilly, O’Sullivan and […]

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 shortly, Minister for Children James Reilly has said.

Mr Reilly was speaking at an international conference in Dublin on the subject of monitoring […]

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.

Early Childhood Ireland understand that:

  • The ‘free pre-school year’ has been extended to allow children take up a place from when they are 3 years old up until they are either 5 ½ […]

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 expansion of ECCE will work
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) and Affordable Childcare Programme
  • After School Provision
  • Quality
  • Professionalisation
  • Paternity Leave

You can read the full […]

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 been a problem in Donegal for a number of years.

McMonagle also welcomed the announcement of a second free pre-school year for […]

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 Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

Her comments came in the wake of an investigation by the Irish Independent which […]