Being a childcare business owner comes with challenges day to day. You have to handle a lot of challenges including, selling, financing, managing and growing the business with little or no staff.  The tricky part is you have to do this while trying to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children, as well as making your childcare business a success by working on and in it!!

We’re sure that some of the information you find in this section will help you with some of those challenges.

‘Childcare providers are desperate and frustrated’

Affordable Childcare Scheme: ‘Childcare providers are desperate and frustrated’
Childcare providers have subsidised the chronic underfunding from the government out of their own pockets for years, Jennifer Whitmore writes for – link below
THERE HAS BEEN lots of feelgood fanfare around the roll out of the Affordable Childcare Scheme, which came […]

DCYA Roadshow – More Affordable Childcare Information Sessions

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs would like to extend an invitation to childcare providers to attend an information session to discuss the measures introduced for September 2017 to make childcare more affordable for parents.

The information sessions will take place in eight locations nationwide and officials from both DCYA […]

Minister announces €3.5m payment for childcare providers

An extra €3.5m will be made available to childcare providers in the form of a ‘non-contact time payment’ announced today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone.

This is in addition to €14.5 million in non–contact time payments Minister Zappone negotiated in Budget 2017 and which will […]

New childcare plan to give €80 a month to parents of under-3s

New childcare plan to give €80 a month to parents of under-3s
Zappone says payments under scheme to help disadvantaged parents will also increase

All parents will be able to avail of new childcare subsidies from September including an €80 per month allowance for children aged between six months and three years […]

Childcare services are facing a ‘staffing crisis’ due to low wages

Irish families spend double the European average on childcare
Childcare services say they are facing a staffing crisis as they are unable to retain staff due to low wages.
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 […]

Katherine Zappone announces €4m for childcare services

Katherine Zappone announces €4m for childcare services
Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has announced €4 million to create more childcare places, upgrade existing childcare buildings and develop natural outdoor play areas at pre-schools.

Ms Zappone said she is “progressing” legislation to underpin her new subsidised childcare schemes which will be available to […]