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 years […]

Families facing childcare crisis after being warned to register with Revenue

Families face childcare crisis after au pair wins €10k in ‘employee’ test case
Thousands of families are facing a childcare crisis after being warned they must formally register with Revenue as employers and pay full wages if they take an au […]

Children in childcare learn ‘just as well’ as those at home

Study finds no difference in cognitive abilities between those with parents and in childcare
It makes no difference to a young child’s cognitive abilities whether they are looked after by their parents or sent to childcare, such as creches, according a […]

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 to allow children take […]

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 […]

Childcare package will not help parents paying for preschool

Free preschool measures not expected to be introduced until September 2016
Parents of children paying for pre-school care will not benefit from the childcare measures announced in Budget 2016.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said the €1.1 billion increase […]