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#Childcare

# childcare - Wednesday 22 June, 2022

'Overlooked' childcare providers protest over funding
# Childcare
# Childcare

'Overlooked' childcare providers protest over funding

Jun 22nd 2022, 4:06 PM 9,705 Views 4 Comments

Higher inflation and historically low funding are leading to many services falling into ‘real financial difficulty’, a leader in the sector said.

# childcare - Tuesday 21 June, 2022

Creches say planned fee freeze for childcare costs in September 'unworkable'
# Childcare
# Childcare

Creches say planned fee freeze for childcare costs in September 'unworkable'

Jun 21st 2022, 6:20 PM 14,261 Views 8 Comments

Under the Government’s core funding model, fees will be frozen at the rate that was in place in September 2021.

# childcare - Monday 20 June, 2022

Government's 'objective' to cut childcare costs before Christmas - Taoiseach

Government's 'objective' to cut childcare costs before Christmas - Taoiseach

Updated Jun 20th 2022, 2:19 PM 26,102 Views 46 Comments

Martin warned that the toughest period in this crisis could be wintertime.

# childcare - Monday 13 June, 2022

Pilot 'baby bundles' to be given to new parents
# Baby On Board
# Baby On Board

Pilot 'baby bundles' to be given to new parents

Jun 13th 2022, 6:30 AM 37,363 Views 20 Comments

The bundles will be distributed to 500 newborns and their parents.

# childcare - Saturday 11 June, 2022

Housing is government's 'biggest failure', Social Democrats say at national conference
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Housing is government's 'biggest failure', Social Democrats say at national conference

Updated Jun 11th 2022, 5:42 PM 25,383 Views 39 Comments

Members of the Social Democrats convened today for its first in-person conference since 2019.

# childcare - Friday 13 May, 2022

Parents paying nearly €800 in monthly fees per child in childcare, report finds
# Cost Of Childcare
# Cost Of Childcare

Parents paying nearly €800 in monthly fees per child in childcare, report finds

May 13th 2022, 3:54 PM 19,214 Views 35 Comments

A new report finds that the average weekly fee nationally per child for full day childcare is €186.84.

# childcare - Sunday 24 April, 2022

Government to reduce childcare costs 'considerably' in the next Budget
# Capping Fees
# Capping Fees

Government to reduce childcare costs 'considerably' in the next Budget

Apr 24th 2022, 12:05 AM 62,335 Views 63 Comments
  • Childcare fees will be capped at September 2021 levels if a deal can be done on pay and conditions.
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says increased subsidies should be used to reduce costs considerably for parents.
  • Government believes a reduction in the cost of childcare 'will help with cost of living'.

# childcare - Tuesday 12 April, 2022

Living wage proposals to be brought to Government before summer, says Varadkar
# Inflation
# Inflation

Living wage proposals to be brought to Government before summer, says Varadkar

Apr 12th 2022, 6:30 PM 21,693 Views 24 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said indexing the tax bands further is needed now more than ever.

# childcare - Tuesday 15 February, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to improve childcare in Ireland?
# Childcare
# Childcare

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to improve childcare in Ireland?

Feb 15th 2022, 3:42 PM 3,272 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Peter McGuire and Professor Mathias Urban tell Susan Daly about the challenges facing Ireland’s childcare system.

# childcare - Thursday 3 February, 2022

Would it work here? The countries finding success in key aspects of childcare
# Childcare Crossroads
# Childcare Crossroads

Would it work here? The countries finding success in key aspects of childcare

Feb 3rd 2022, 1:00 PM 8,482 Views 9 Comments

As part of a Noteworthy and The Good Information Project deep-dive into childcare, we look to how other countries are managing the sector.

Increased State spend on childcare 'not enough' to solve crisis for parents and providers
# Childcare Crossroads
# Childcare Crossroads

Increased State spend on childcare 'not enough' to solve crisis for parents and providers

Feb 3rd 2022, 12:01 AM 14,813 Views 11 Comments
  • Cost of childcare in Ireland is among the highest in the EU and parental leave entitlements among the worst, writes Peter McGuire.
  • This Noteworthy and The Good Information Project deep-dive finds that planned State investment will not deliver a sustainable, universal, model of care.
  • While the ECCE preschool scheme deemed a success, care for under-3s and primary school children is inconsistent.

# childcare - Monday 31 January, 2022

'It's put me off having more kids': Your stories of childcare in Ireland during the pandemic
# Broken
# Broken

'It's put me off having more kids': Your stories of childcare in Ireland during the pandemic

Jan 31st 2022, 6:30 AM 30,688 Views 23 Comments

We asked parents to share their stories. Here’s what they told us.

# childcare - Friday 28 January, 2022

Poll: Should there be a network of State-run childcare centres?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should there be a network of State-run childcare centres?

Jan 28th 2022, 9:30 AM 28,822 Views 57 Comments

The need for affordable childcare has consistently been highlighted as an issue for working parents.

# childcare - Friday 21 January, 2022

What kind of difficulties have you faced with childcare? We want to hear your story
# Get In Touch
# Get In Touch

What kind of difficulties have you faced with childcare? We want to hear your story

Jan 21st 2022, 9:57 AM 8,080 Views 0 Comments

Whatever your situation is, we want to hear what change you’d like to see to the current childcare system.

# childcare - Tuesday 14 December, 2021

Antigen testing programme to be rolled out for early learning and childcare services from tomorrow
# Childcare
# Childcare

Antigen testing programme to be rolled out for early learning and childcare services from tomorrow

Dec 14th 2021, 5:14 PM 14,568 Views 3 Comments

Tests will be available to children aged four and over and staff in a pod where there’s a confirmed Covid case.

# childcare - Tuesday 5 October, 2021

Childcare providers hold Dáil protest over children 'falling through the cracks'
# No Child Left Behind
# No Child Left Behind

Childcare providers hold Dáil protest over children 'falling through the cracks'

Oct 5th 2021, 5:20 PM 7,301 Views 3 Comments

They say services are “chronically underfunded”.

# childcare - Sunday 3 October, 2021

Fine Gael sets out major new childcare policies
# Childcare
# Childcare

Fine Gael sets out major new childcare policies

Oct 3rd 2021, 7:45 AM 15,312 Views 42 Comments

Fine Gael is calling for a ‘major re-prioritisation’ of early childhood by the Government and policymakers.

# childcare - Saturday 28 August, 2021

Poll: How do you think the State should fix issues with accessing childcare?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: How do you think the State should fix issues with accessing childcare?

Aug 28th 2021, 11:26 AM 27,175 Views 83 Comments

Readers have shared their difficulties in trying to access childcare services.

'I have no idea who will mind my children': Readers' stories of Ireland's childcare crisis
# Joining The Dots
# Joining The Dots

'I have no idea who will mind my children': Readers' stories of Ireland's childcare crisis

Aug 28th 2021, 12:05 AM 75,112 Views 47 Comments
  • Every year, tens of thousands of parents around the country seek out childcare, but many say it has become an increasingly difficult search.
  • We asked readers to share their experiences and struggles with childcare in Ireland.
  • Here are their stories, collected by Lauren Boland.

# childcare - Thursday 26 August, 2021

Have you faced difficulties finding childcare for your young child? We want to hear your story
# Get In Touch
# Get In Touch

Have you faced difficulties finding childcare for your young child? We want to hear your story

Aug 26th 2021, 11:27 AM 14,807 Views 17 Comments

We want to piece together the picture of what finding childcare looks like in Ireland – here’s how you can take part.

Call for increased investment in early years childcare sector, especially for under threes
# Early Years
# Early Years

Call for increased investment in early years childcare sector, especially for under threes

Aug 26th 2021, 9:39 AM 11,311 Views 20 Comments

Teresa Heeney described the situation for new parents as “unacceptable”.

# childcare - Thursday 5 August, 2021

Opinion: 'Formal childcare for small babies in Dublin is a fiction. It effectively does not exist'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: 'Formal childcare for small babies in Dublin is a fiction. It effectively does not exist'

Aug 5th 2021, 1:47 PM 33,721 Views 23 Comments

‘Ask your Ma for help’ is not a good public policy for childcare in Ireland, writes Liz Carolan.

# childcare - Friday 18 June, 2021

Unicef: Ireland one of the most expensive countries for childcare as half of salary is average cost
# Childcare Costs
# Childcare Costs

Unicef: Ireland one of the most expensive countries for childcare as half of salary is average cost

Jun 18th 2021, 8:11 AM 15,739 Views 27 Comments

Ireland is in line with other rich countries such as Switzerland and New Zealand in the cost to care for two children.

# childcare - Saturday 29 May, 2021

Opinion: Without a public childcare model there can be no equality for women
# Childcare Crossroads
# Childcare Crossroads

Opinion: Without a public childcare model there can be no equality for women

May 29th 2021, 7:01 PM 15,843 Views 19 Comments

The National Women’s Council says inadequate State investment in childcare has led to an unsustainable system in crisis.

# childcare - Sunday 2 May, 2021

'Your mammy brain and working woman brain should not be in the same room': Work and childcare after Covid
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

'Your mammy brain and working woman brain should not be in the same room': Work and childcare after Covid

May 2nd 2021, 9:00 AM 23,788 Views 3 Comments

The Citizens Assembly has recommended a publicly-funded childcare model in future to address the high cost parents face.

# childcare - Thursday 4 February, 2021

Report on pay levels in childcare sector to be finalised in coming days
# Department Of Children
# Department Of Children

Report on pay levels in childcare sector to be finalised in coming days

Feb 4th 2021, 8:17 PM 15,989 Views 7 Comments

The department appointed former Labour Court chairman and barrister Dr Kevin Duffy as the independent chairman of the process.

# childcare - Friday 29 January, 2021

Opinion: Childcare providers are still no clearer on the government's long-term plans
# Child Welfare
# Child Welfare

Opinion: Childcare providers are still no clearer on the government's long-term plans

Jan 29th 2021, 7:00 AM 9,998 Views 6 Comments

Childcare provider Regina Bushell says the government has not inspired confidence with regard to how childcare will work throughout 2021.

# childcare - Friday 8 January, 2021

Deal struck with Government to provide funding for childcare services for essential workers
# Level 5
# Level 5

Deal struck with Government to provide funding for childcare services for essential workers

Updated Jan 8th 2021, 8:35 PM 40,011 Views 15 Comments

The IBEC groups said all childcare services will be open for children of frontline and essential workers and vulnerable children.

# childcare - Wednesday 6 January, 2021

Childcare services to remain open but only for vulnerable groups and children of essential workers
# Creche
# Creche

Childcare services to remain open but only for vulnerable groups and children of essential workers

Updated Jan 6th 2021, 5:35 PM 38,053 Views 11 Comments

The measures will remain in place until at least the end of January.

# childcare - Monday 4 January, 2021

Explainer: What childcare options are available in Level 5 and who gets priority?
# Childcare
# Childcare

Explainer: What childcare options are available in Level 5 and who gets priority?

Jan 4th 2021, 4:59 PM 45,191 Views 9 Comments

The government has asked parents who are not essential workers to keep their children at home.

# childcare - Monday 19 October, 2020

Review finds that the average cost of delivering childcare across all services in Ireland is €4.14 per hour
# Childcare
# Childcare

Review finds that the average cost of delivering childcare across all services in Ireland is €4.14 per hour

Oct 19th 2020, 3:30 PM 18,526 Views 9 Comments

The review was undertaken by Crowe in association with Apteligen in 2018.

# childcare - Monday 14 September, 2020

Opinion: Foster care is in trouble in Ireland and its privatisation is not the answer
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Foster care is in trouble in Ireland and its privatisation is not the answer

Sep 14th 2020, 7:00 AM 23,204 Views 15 Comments

Green Party TD Patrick Costello says foster care in Ireland has been at breaking point for some time and it cannot be ignored any longer.

# childcare - Thursday 23 July, 2020

‘Children's needs should be the priority for after-school services’
# Childcare Voices
# Childcare Voices

‘Children's needs should be the priority for after-school services’

Jul 23rd 2020, 7:00 AM 12,655 Views 0 Comments

Prevention and Early Intervention expert Marian Quinn outlines the need for a reimagined after-school sector on the other side of Covid-19.

# childcare - Wednesday 22 July, 2020

‘Without state interventions many childcare providers will go out of business’
# Childcare Voices
# Childcare Voices

‘Without state interventions many childcare providers will go out of business’

Jul 22nd 2020, 7:00 AM 10,125 Views 19 Comments

Childcare centre owners Sarah O’Leary and and Michele Akerlind explain how better investment can build a well paid and affordable childcare sector.

# childcare - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

‘Time to radically reform childcare and break the tension between fees and quality’
# Childcare Voices
# Childcare Voices

‘Time to radically reform childcare and break the tension between fees and quality’

Jul 21st 2020, 7:00 AM 13,393 Views 11 Comments

In the latest in our Childcare Voices series, Darragh O’Connor of SIPTU outlines why the trade union is calling for big changes in pay and affordability in the sector.

# childcare - Monday 20 July, 2020

‘We are essentially paying out a second mortgage in childcare every month’
# Childcare Voices
# Childcare Voices

‘We are essentially paying out a second mortgage in childcare every month’

Jul 20th 2020, 7:00 AM 28,350 Views 49 Comments

Mother Lynda Butler outlines the impact of childcare costs for her first daughter and how high fees are making her think twice about having a second child.

# childcare - Friday 17 July, 2020

Opinion: Maternity leave in lockdown was no picnic, so please don't forget new parents
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Opinion: Maternity leave in lockdown was no picnic, so please don't forget new parents

Jul 17th 2020, 7:00 AM 31,692 Views 53 Comments

New mother Patrice Hosford is asking the government to improve the leave entitlements currently available to new parents.

# childcare - Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Hundreds of childcare providers say they won't be able to stay open without more government supports
# Childcare Troubles
# Childcare Troubles

Hundreds of childcare providers say they won't be able to stay open without more government supports

Jul 15th 2020, 6:05 AM 14,108 Views 9 Comments

70% of childcare providers are yet to reopen, with only 22% operating at full capacity.

# childcare - Thursday 2 July, 2020

As a creche owner, I had butterflies on Monday, but we're getting there
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

As a creche owner, I had butterflies on Monday, but we're getting there

Jul 2nd 2020, 7:00 AM 13,606 Views 5 Comments

One childcare provider shares her thoughts on reopening in the ‘new normal’ and thanks former minister Katherine Zappone for the work she’s done.

# childcare - Sunday 28 June, 2020

'It's been a long 16 weeks': Anticipation tinged with nerves as creches prepare to re-open
# Childcare
# Childcare

'It's been a long 16 weeks': Anticipation tinged with nerves as creches prepare to re-open

Jun 28th 2020, 12:05 AM 25,253 Views 23 Comments

Providers say they’ve done everything they can to make things seem normal for children.

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