Thu, 21 May, 2020
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Thu, 14 May, 2020
Thu, 09 Apr, 2020
The 1,600 childcare providers insured with Ironshore Europe previously were on policies not "considered to be sustainable" for another insurer, according to Children's Minister Katherine Zappone.
Wed, 18 Dec, 2019
The Government has delayed introducing new fire safety regulations for crèches over fears it could lead to facilities closing down.
Fri, 29 Nov, 2019
Tusla will now publish details of crèche closures and when and where inspections are carried out in a major shake-up of the sector in the wake of the Hyde & Seek scandal.
Fri, 29 Nov, 2019
From today, mothers and fathers can take an extra two weeks off work during their child's first year.
Fri, 01 Nov, 2019
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone must try to break the Anglo-American stranglehold on our work/life balance, writes
Thu, 03 Oct, 2019
Until under-investment in childcare is tackled, parents will be “left to pick up the pieces”, Early Childhood Ireland claims.
Fri, 27 Sep, 2019
A new body aimed at standardising childcare services has been launched.
Mon, 26 Aug, 2019
The director of policy with Early Childhood Ireland, Frances Byrne, is calling for Tusla, Pobal and the Department of Education to form a task force, with powers similar to Hiqa, to carry out inspections of childcare facilities.
Thu, 01 Aug, 2019
The organisation represents nearly 4,000 childcare members supporting 100,000 children and their families around the country.
Sat, 13 Apr, 2019
Early Childhood Ireland has welcomed a Government-commissioned report recommending that all childminders be registered.
Wed, 28 Mar, 2018
Two-thirds of people believe parents should be financially supported to stay at home with their child for the first 12 months of its life.
Thu, 15 Feb, 2018
Childcare workers say creche fees will increase until the Government provides 100% of their costs.
Fri, 01 Sep, 2017
Early Childhood Ireland says it supports its members who are hiking fees this year.
Mon, 28 Aug, 2017
It is too soon to tell if the Government’s new subsidy for parents will push up the cost of creches, preschools, and montessoris, according to an organisation representing some 3,500 early years services.
Mon, 14 Aug, 2017
Delays in paying maternity benefit to women due to give birth have been described as “unbelievable and unacceptable” and as “adding to the stress” of parents awaiting a new arrival.
Thu, 11 May, 2017
Thousands of middle-income families won’t get promised childcare supports because the Government “botched” the scheme’s rollout.
Thu, 13 Apr, 2017
The Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has promised an independent review of the cost of childcare.
Sat, 01 Apr, 2017
Kids want to play, they don’t want to obey rules — they have enough of that in school, writes
Thu, 30 Mar, 2017
Ireland is one of just two countries in Europe that reportedly fails to offer mothers ‘decently-paid’ maternity leave.
Sun, 26 Mar, 2017
Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has announced €4 million to create more childcare places, upgrade existing childcare buildings and develop natural outdoor play areas at pre-schools.
Tue, 21 Mar, 2017
A Cork City primary school is to take over the management of an adjacent creche that unexpectedly closed this week.
Sun, 19 Mar, 2017
Specialist interviewers are to speak with young children at a creche after it emerged gardaí are investigating allegations of sexual abuse at the facility.
Thu, 22 Dec, 2016
After-school services are to be targeted by the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone when her department unveils an action plan for the sector in the coming weeks.
Fri, 14 Oct, 2016
Keeping childcare costs down will be a challenge when a range of subsidies are introduced next September, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, said last night.
Wed, 12 Oct, 2016
Fri, 30 Sep, 2016
Both Early Childhood Ireland and one of the country’s leading academic experts in early childhood care say the new childcare measures must also be available “to the squeezed middle-income earners”.
Wed, 28 Sep, 2016
Wed, 07 Sep, 2016
Sun, 21 Aug, 2016
Fri, 05 Aug, 2016
More than €300,000 raised from this year’s National Pyjama Day is being withheld from its intended recipient, Irish Autism Action (IAA).
Fri, 05 Aug, 2016
Parents can soon look online to find out how preschools in their area are teaching children and catering for their development.
Tue, 31 May, 2016
For the first time new creches and preschools here will have to undergo inspection before they can open their doors to babies and young children.
Tue, 17 May, 2016
Parents are facing a scramble for childcare after a warning that there will not be enough places for all children when the second free preschool year starts in less than five months’ time.
Sat, 09 Apr, 2016
Fri, 29 Jan, 2016
Early Childhood Ireland yesterday said parents can be reassured by new evidence that sending their children to a creche has no effect on their ability to learn.
Fri, 04 Dec, 2015
Children’s Minister James Reilly says enough places will be available in extending to a two-year period the free pre-school scheme amid warnings creches and service providers lack resources.
Thu, 03 Dec, 2015
Vital pre-school services for children with disabilities are set to receive over €100m of Government investment between now and the end of the decade that will help more than 7,500 families every year.
Thu, 19 Nov, 2015