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#Childcare

# childcare - Today’s News

Public Services Card no longer needed to apply for a passport PSC

Public Services Card no longer needed to apply for a passport

The Taoiseach says the Data Commissioner has declined to meet with Minister Doherty.

# childcare - Thursday 1 August, 2019

Department of Children doesn't know identity of 37 childcare facilities at 'critical' level of risk

The figure was revealed at an Oireachtas committee hearing yesterday morning.

# childcare - Wednesday 31 July, 2019

Tusla identifies 'critical' level of risk at 37 childcare facilities across the country

The figure was revealed at an Oireachtas committee hearing this morning.

# childcare - Saturday 27 July, 2019

'Dodging regulations and ratios happens everywhere' - The realities of working in childcare

Low wages, high staff turnover and common ratio breaches are not unusual in the childcare industry.

# childcare - Friday 26 July, 2019

'What do we want? Davy out' - Protest held outside Hyde and Seek creche

The protest was held to demonstrate against the facility which was the subject of an RTÉ Investigates programme.

# childcare - Thursday 25 July, 2019

Creches near Hyde and Seek 'inundated' with calls from parents asking for a place

Creches near Hyde and Seek 'inundated' with calls from parents asking for a place

Up to 45 calls have been made to different childcare places in the vicinity after last night’s RTÉ programme.

'Our trust has been betrayed': Hyde and Seek parents speak out after RTÉ Investigates programme

Meanwhile, Hyde and Seek it had taken steps to deal with “urgent issues” highlighted in the RTÉ programme last night.

Four more weeks of unpaid parental leave available from September

This will increase the unpaid parental leave from 18 weeks to 22 weeks from 1 September 2019.

Tusla releases advice for parents as Zappone 'appalled' at treatment of children in creches Hyde And Seek This post contains videos

Tusla releases advice for parents as Zappone 'appalled' at treatment of children in creches

Children were filmed being roughly handled in the footage recorded by RTÉ Investigates, and concerns were raised about fire safety and other issues.

Loose blind cords and faecal matter in cots: Details of Tusla inspections of Hyde & Seek creches emerge

The reports for the various creches identified numerous non-compliance issues.

# childcare - Wednesday 24 July, 2019

Owner of creche chain accused of 'huge breaches' after being filmed roughly handling children in care

An RTÉ documentary into practices at Hyde & Seek was broadcast earlier this evening.

Creche owner steps down following revelations in RTÉ investigation

Tusla inspection reports for the various Hyde and Seek creches also identified numerous non-compliance issues.

# childcare - Monday 10 June, 2019

Zappone announces funding for 3,600 new childcare places

Funding will be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other childcare facilities.

# childcare - Tuesday 21 May, 2019

An extra €50 million is needed to ensure a place for all children on the National Childcare Scheme

Minister Katherine Zappone said it comes on the back of ‘decades of neglect’ in the area.

# childcare - Tuesday 5 March, 2019

Poverty has doubled among working parents over five-year period, SVP report finds

In 2017, 45% of lone parents reported a heavy financial burden due to housing costs.

# childcare - Sunday 7 October, 2018

Welfare increase, fuel hike and income tax cuts: Here's what's coming in Budget 2019

Petrol, diesel, fuel and cigarettes are all set to rise.

# childcare - Monday 17 September, 2018

Nine-year-old boy in care moved five different times in 13 days

“His experience in care is augmenting his experience of harm that brought him into care,” the judge said.

# childcare - Friday 3 August, 2018

Grandparent grant a 'novel idea that can be thrashed out' - Ross

“We’re pursuing this as an idea, as a novel idea. We’re going to continue to push for it.”

# childcare - Thursday 2 August, 2018

Poll: Do you think grandparents should get cash for helping out with childcare? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think grandparents should get cash for helping out with childcare?

The idea of the Grandparent and Grandchild Expenses Reimbursement Scheme was raised with the Taoiseach this week.

# childcare - Sunday 10 June, 2018

‘Childcare isn't one of those industries that you go into to make a huge pile of money’

As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile Dublin-based Tigers Childcare.

# childcare - Sunday 11 February, 2018

Poll: Does the State do enough to help parents with childcare costs? Your Say This post contains a poll

Much-delayed IT system to see Affordable Childcare Scheme launch pushed back to 2019 - at least

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has declined to provide an estimate as to when the ACS, originally slated for September 2017, will be able to officially launch.

# childcare - Sunday 14 January, 2018

'Laughable', 'a joke', 'cynical', 'opportunistic' - Zappone brought to task by parents over childcare fees crisis

The introduction of a universal subsidy for childcare in September saw many creches across the country raise their fees at the same time.

# childcare - Monday 30 October, 2017

Cost of childcare increases for first time in five years

The early years sector profile of each county is broken down in the Pobal report.

# childcare - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

Have kids? Here's what Budget 2018 means for parents

An increase to some child benefits, investment in the State’s free childcare scheme and more teachers are among the changes.

# childcare - Monday 9 October, 2017

Irish employers to back 'comprehensive gender pay reporting'

Ibec says it supports the introduction of new reporting measures, akin to similar structures already in place in Australia.

# childcare - Monday 4 September, 2017

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, writes Jennifer Whitmore.

What's the point of having a childcare subsidy if under-pressure creches are just going to raise fees?

Many creches across Ireland are increasing their fees in parallel with the introduction of a new €20 weekly subsidy aimed at easing the financial burden on parents.

# childcare - Wednesday 30 August, 2017

Cold sweats, guilt trips and Sunday Night Fear: The reality of life as a working parent

Ignoring Gwyneth Paltrow is essential for survival, writes Ciara McDonnell.

# childcare - Tuesday 8 August, 2017

'As the only independent woman in cabinet I am determined this will not be a once off'

I am ready for the negotiations ahead and have already made clear that the increases secured for childcare in Budget 2017 must at the very least be matched, writes Minister Katherine Zappone.

# childcare - Saturday 5 August, 2017

€4 million to be spent giving 6,200 packs of sensory toys to crèches across the country

Minister Katherine Zappone has set aside €4 million for the project, which is being put out to tender.

# childcare - Friday 4 August, 2017

Childcare payments may differ from county to county after creche fee audit

The review will take 10 months to complete and will inform Minister Katherine Zappone’s future budget decisions.

# childcare - Wednesday 2 August, 2017

Poll: What do you do for childcare? Family Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: What do you do for childcare?

And how you could save €1,040 a year in costs.

# childcare - Tuesday 1 August, 2017

Good news for families: Over 5,000 extra childcare places to be created

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he hopes to expand the subsidy scheme to more families in the future.

# childcare - Wednesday 26 July, 2017

The minefield of free childcare: The Grandparents Creche is great, but how do you pay the bill?

Family childcare comes at a price that can be difficult to define, writes Chrissie Russell.

# childcare - Monday 10 July, 2017

Homeless families will now receive free childcare during the summer months

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone also announced expanded free childcare for refugees today.

# childcare - Sunday 4 June, 2017

Planning childcare for the autumn? You may qualify for these subsidies

A new universal subsidy comes into force from September.

# childcare - Sunday 14 May, 2017

'At the very least, Budget 2018 must match last year's childcare funds in order to deliver'

As Budget preparations begin, Minister Zappone says she will be arguing for more money come October.

# childcare - Friday 12 May, 2017

Reprieve for Drumcondra families as date for closure of crèche pushed back

Last night, the parents had three weeks to arrange alternative childcare. Tonight, they were told they’d have three months.

# childcare - Saturday 29 April, 2017

Opinion: 'The State should pay for mothers to stay at home'

Caring in the home needs to be supported too, writes Pauline O’Reilly.

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