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#Childcare

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Why do childcare workers earn such low wages while parents pay high fees?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Why do childcare workers earn such low wages while parents pay high fees?

Jun 5th 2015, 1:30 PM 5,787 Views 82 Comments

Thousands of childhood professionals are taking to the streets across the country this weekend to protest over a fundamental imbalance in their industry.

Proper childcare is for the common good – not just something for parents to figure out
# Opinion
# Opinion

Proper childcare is for the common good – not just something for parents to figure out

Jun 4th 2015, 8:00 PM 234 Views 5 Comments

A long-term investment plan for childcare is good for children, good for society and good for the economy.

Ambulances are needed for 17 choking incidents every week
# Childcare
# Childcare

Ambulances are needed for 17 choking incidents every week

May 21st 2015, 6:05 AM 8,650 Views 7 Comments

A TD wants to ensure that all childcare staff can deal with such incidents.

Why are Irish creches going out of business?
# Rock And A Hard Place
# Rock And A Hard Place

Why are Irish creches going out of business?

May 17th 2015, 10:30 AM 47,825 Views 56 Comments

Ireland has some fairly progressive childcare measures in place, yet still child-minding businesses are going to the wall.

Enda Kenny buttered scones on TV - and talked about his same-sex marriage 'journey'
# Raspberry Jam For All
# Raspberry Jam For All

Enda Kenny buttered scones on TV - and talked about his same-sex marriage 'journey'

May 13th 2015, 10:12 AM 15,415 Views 125 Comments

The Taoiseach stopped by TV3 this morning, but there was no sign of Vincent Browne.

Open Thread: Is the cost of childcare preventing you from working?
# Workforce
# Workforce

Open Thread: Is the cost of childcare preventing you from working?

Apr 16th 2015, 11:00 AM 14,079 Views 78 Comments

More than 3,000 mothers are leaving the workforce annually due to the excessive costs of childcare.

Am I alone in Mummy Martyr stakes? (Why are parents so bad at looking after themselves?)
# Opinion
# Opinion

Am I alone in Mummy Martyr stakes? (Why are parents so bad at looking after themselves?)

Apr 14th 2015, 8:00 AM 284 Views 61 Comments

Whether it’s standards, expectations, or good old-fashioned Irish Catholic guilt, most parents are guilty of putting their kids’ needs ahead of their own.

Baby 'thrives' in care of father and grandparents after care order refused
# Children
# Children

Baby 'thrives' in care of father and grandparents after care order refused

Apr 1st 2015, 6:00 AM 15,856 Views 8 Comments

Thirty new cases have been published.

The Government’s reaction to our childcare crisis: divide and conquer
# Opinion
# Opinion

The Government’s reaction to our childcare crisis: divide and conquer

Feb 20th 2015, 6:00 PM 74 Views 32 Comments

By pitching different segments of the electorate against each other, the Government can effectively wash its hands of the problem.

Expensive childcare is leading to an increase in underpaid au pairs in Ireland
# Rally
# Rally

Expensive childcare is leading to an increase in underpaid au pairs in Ireland

Feb 17th 2015, 1:10 PM 19,663 Views 42 Comments

Childcare workers are gathered outside Leinster House to protest about a lack of government investment in the sector this afternoon.

Column: Why am I working purely to keep my foot in the door?
# Childcare
# Childcare

Column: Why am I working purely to keep my foot in the door?

Jan 24th 2015, 12:00 PM 339 Views 73 Comments

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the land of working parents – there’s not much of the pay cheque left after crèche fees, commute and (caffeine) subsistence.

Efforts to make childcare in Ireland affordable 'must not be pre-election spin'
# Investment
# Investment

Efforts to make childcare in Ireland affordable 'must not be pre-election spin'

Jan 14th 2015, 7:00 AM 7,748 Views 25 Comments

One group believes investment needs to be brought up to the EU average.

Créche crisis: Parents at breaking point while workers call for strike over pay
# Childcare
# Childcare

Créche crisis: Parents at breaking point while workers call for strike over pay

Jan 3rd 2015, 12:43 PM 24,822 Views 137 Comments

Early Childhood Ireland says the Irish Government isn’t investing enough in early childhood education.

How some teenagers are forced from foster care into direct provision once they turn 18
# Aftercare
# Aftercare

How some teenagers are forced from foster care into direct provision once they turn 18

Nov 25th 2014, 6:30 AM 5,739 Views 30 Comments

The ESRI has published a report into the care given to unaccompanied minors.

Links Creche faces 24 charges after claims of 'disrespectful, degrading and exploitative' treatment
# A Breach Of Trust
# A Breach Of Trust

Links Creche faces 24 charges after claims of 'disrespectful, degrading and exploitative' treatment

Oct 13th 2014, 11:43 AM 16,430 Views 0 Comments

The charges, heard in court today, relate to allegations of mistreatment of children highlighted in Prime Time’s ‘A Breach of Trust’ programme.

There were 6,500 children in care at the end of May
# Childcare
# Childcare

There were 6,500 children in care at the end of May

Aug 26th 2014, 4:49 PM 7,670 Views 17 Comments

The majority were in foster care.

Is one inspector for 21,000 kids good enough?... Fresh questions raised over Ireland's creches
# Childcare
# Childcare

Is one inspector for 21,000 kids good enough?... Fresh questions raised over Ireland's creches

Aug 25th 2014, 2:06 PM 9,580 Views 25 Comments

New figures show huge inconsistencies in the number of creche inspectors, with Dublin and the north-east faring worst.

One in four children in Ireland are born to a non-Irish mother
# Immigration
# Immigration

One in four children in Ireland are born to a non-Irish mother

Aug 1st 2014, 8:15 AM 16,413 Views 150 Comments

A new study by Trinity College Dublin has also found that migrant parents face a greater risk of poverty.

Opinion: We can't afford NOT to invest in childcare and early education
# Childhood Education
# Childhood Education

Opinion: We can't afford NOT to invest in childcare and early education

Jul 14th 2014, 7:00 PM 154 Views 25 Comments

Crèche fees in Ireland are among the highest in Europe – but that is no guarantee children are being well cared for.

These are the six areas Enda and Joan want to prioritise from now until 2016
# Statement Of Priorities
# Statement Of Priorities

These are the six areas Enda and Joan want to prioritise from now until 2016

Jul 11th 2014, 10:50 PM 15,016 Views 31 Comments

From access to childcare to disposing bank assets, they’ve covered a lot in the Statement of Priorities.

Irish parents shell out for some of the highest childcare fees in Europe
# Empty Wallet
# Empty Wallet

Irish parents shell out for some of the highest childcare fees in Europe

Jul 6th 2014, 1:55 PM 17,727 Views 75 Comments

A new report says that Ireland is one of only two countries where there is no minimum level of formal qualification for working with younger children.

Opinion: One year on from the Prime Time childcare exposé – what have we learned?
# Childcare
# Childcare

Opinion: One year on from the Prime Time childcare exposé – what have we learned?

May 28th 2014, 1:00 PM 503 Views 15 Comments

I watched last year’s Prime Time documentary in tears, as did many parents around the country. Have the inspection and regulatory changes that followed been enough?

'The kids know something's wrong': Staff at Tallaght Hospital crèche fight its closure
# Blindsided
# Blindsided

'The kids know something's wrong': Staff at Tallaght Hospital crèche fight its closure

May 22nd 2014, 6:45 AM 10,998 Views 8 Comments

Parents and employees have said they are “devastated” and “shocked” by the news.

'People are raging': Bríd Smith is capitalising on voter anger
# On The Canvass
# On The Canvass

'People are raging': Bríd Smith is capitalising on voter anger

May 21st 2014, 8:30 PM 10,960 Views 71 Comments

The People Before Profit MEP candidate has said she is “as equally in contention” as anyone to take the third seat in Dublin.

The 9 at 9: Thursday
# The 9 At 9
# The 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

May 15th 2014, 8:37 AM 6,408 Views 4 Comments

Good morning. Here’s everything you need to know before you start your day.

Efforts to improve standards after RTÉ creche investigation "have not been enough"
# Childcare
# Childcare

Efforts to improve standards after RTÉ creche investigation "have not been enough"

May 15th 2014, 7:45 AM 6,794 Views 15 Comments

Early Childhood Ireland has said that the funding made available has been a “trickle of the stream” that is needed.

Appeal for funding as largest community childcare centre in Ireland faces closure
# SOS
# SOS

Appeal for funding as largest community childcare centre in Ireland faces closure

May 13th 2014, 10:04 PM 9,873 Views 15 Comments

Darndale Belcamp Integrated Childcare Service employs 48 permanent staff, 7 relief staff and 43 Community Employment, Jobs Initiative and TUS employees.

Parents urged have 'asthma plan' for child sufferers as emergency care numbers are too high
# Make A Plan
# Make A Plan

Parents urged have 'asthma plan' for child sufferers as emergency care numbers are too high

May 5th 2014, 4:43 PM 12,873 Views 44 Comments

Tomorrow is World Asthma Day.

€3m childcare fund will leave 70% of providers 'out in the cold'
# Creches
# Creches

€3m childcare fund will leave 70% of providers 'out in the cold'

Apr 5th 2014, 10:46 AM 10,083 Views 25 Comments

Early Childhood Ireland is proposing that a separate strand of funding is immediately ringfenced for private childcare providers.

Upgrades to childcare facilities on the way under €2.5m investment fund
# Childminders
# Childminders

Upgrades to childcare facilities on the way under €2.5m investment fund

Apr 4th 2014, 6:57 PM 8,905 Views 11 Comments

A further €500,000 will go towards parent and toddler groups and childminders.

Roma child cases: Emily Logan's handed her report in to Alan Shatter
# Children's Ombudsman
# Children's Ombudsman

Roma child cases: Emily Logan's handed her report in to Alan Shatter

Apr 2nd 2014, 11:17 PM 14,377 Views 56 Comments

The removal of the two children from their families in Dublin and Athlone last October led to strong criticism of the HSE and Gardaí.

Creches under investigation again following more revelations about care
# Worrying
# Worrying

Creches under investigation again following more revelations about care

Mar 14th 2014, 3:30 PM 20,905 Views 37 Comments

The HSE is now investigating a number of serious cases.

Childminders warn new tax rules will force more into the black economy
# Earnings
# Earnings

Childminders warn new tax rules will force more into the black economy

Mar 8th 2014, 6:06 PM 23,984 Views 82 Comments

Early Childhood Ireland said the move by Revenue may not be in the best interests of children.

Concerns raised over staffing at new Child and Family Agency
# Children
# Children

Concerns raised over staffing at new Child and Family Agency

Jan 2nd 2014, 11:20 AM 9,038 Views 28 Comments

The Children’s Right’s Alliance has said staffing issues around social workers and public health nurses need to be addressed.

Mandela, the NSA and amazeyballs: The week in numbers
# Prime Numbers
# Prime Numbers

Mandela, the NSA and amazeyballs: The week in numbers

Dec 7th 2013, 7:30 PM 6,483 Views 6 Comments

Plus: How much does the average family with two children spend on childcare every year?

Childcare costs two-child families €16,500 annually
# Working Parents
# Working Parents

Childcare costs two-child families €16,500 annually

Dec 5th 2013, 12:04 PM 8,832 Views 66 Comments

The cost of full-time childcare for families ranges from €730 to €1,100 per month.

This is how Ireland intends to change 'outdated' laws on bringing up children...
# Bringing Up Baby
# Bringing Up Baby

This is how Ireland intends to change 'outdated' laws on bringing up children...

Nov 18th 2013, 2:15 PM 18,682 Views 90 Comments

A new piece of legislation will address the legal status of children in civil partnerships, surrogacy arrangements and assisted human reproduction.

Funding of €900,000 for childcare staff training
# Creches
# Creches

Funding of €900,000 for childcare staff training

Nov 15th 2013, 12:03 PM 5,843 Views 37 Comments

The money is part of wider reforms for the pre-school childcare sector following Prime Time’s exposé earlier this year.

Letterkenny Hospital investigating claims child was hit by doctor
# Donegal
# Donegal

Letterkenny Hospital investigating claims child was hit by doctor

Nov 5th 2013, 11:11 AM 11,788 Views 0 Comments

It’s understood a doctor at the facility has been suspended as the inquiry is carried out.