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# childminders

This year
Your stories: The stress, strain and heartbreak of trying to find childcare in Ireland
“Our unborn child is on a waiting list for two creches and four childminders – yes, a waiting list. No place is confirmed.”
Last year
Children’s Minister to seek approval to alter legal status of childminders
All time
Proposals to give parents a tax credit for directly employing childminders in their own home
Giving parents a tax credit for childcare would have cost nearly €600m
Zappone exploring ways to bring unregistered childminders into new subsidy fold
Upgrades to childcare facilities on the way under €2.5m investment fund
Reduced hours and more vacancies are 'worrying' for childminders
Recession leads to parents reducing childminding hours