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 […]

ECI survey on screen time amongst young children shows worrying trends

Early Childhood Ireland survey on screen time usage amongst young children shows some worrying trends and lack of guidelines for parents
A new survey (published today Monday 30th November on of 332 parents from around the country regarding screen time […]

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 […]

Childcare package in budget will not activate until September 2016

Measures aimed at hard-pressed working families will offer little relief to many parents of pre-school children
Childcare was the dominant issue for readers in the wake of the 2016 Budget presentation, specifically the new pre-school care measures.

Hard-pressed parents were looking for […]

Free childcare among package of sweeteners for young parents

The Government has used its final Budget to woo young parents who were among the worst hit by the country’s punishing economic crash.

Ahead of an imminent general election, the coalition unveiled a health, education and welfare spending package aimed at […]

Budget to give free pre-school for every child over three years

Government to announce a ‘family friendly’ giveaway in Dail this week
The major announcement will be made in the Coalition’s “family friendly” Budget and is the central plank of the Coalition’s much-anticipated package of childcare reforms aimed at reducing costs for […]

98 per cent of mums unhappy with childcare support says survey

The study also found that a shocking 84% of working parents struggle to budget for their children’s childcare costs
A whopping 98% of mums are unhappy with childcare support from the Government, a new survey has revealed.

A study carried out by […]

James Reilly seeks extra month of split parental leave

Minister for Children wants extension as part of wider childcare reform package
An additional month’s split parental leave is being sought by Minister for Children James Reilly in budget negotiations as one of a number of first moves in a wider […]