Weekly childcare bill in Northern Ireland ‘highest in UK’

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions said increasing women’s access to decent employment should be a key aim.

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Ill-judged full-time work incentive for mothers not what children need

The Government seems intent on making going home after school impossible for as many children as they can, says Victoria White.

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Children could lose creche place over new regulations

Thousands of parents could be left without childcare as creches are being forced to reduce the places they can offer because of new Government rules.

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Largest childcare centre will cater for 350 children

What is believed to be the largest childcare facility ever built in Ireland is set to open in a town in East Cork this summer.

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Zappone 'committed to' affordability, quality and safety in child care services

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone says that her primary motivating factor in introducing the free childcare scheme was to rectify “decades” of a lack of investment in childcare.

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Creches struggling to retain staff amid shortage of places

There are calls for an investment scheme to attract and retain staff in creches around the country.

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Overcrowded courts don't have resources to deal with some childcare cases, says group

The Child Care Law Reporting Project is calling for legislation to be passed to set up a dedicated Family Court.

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90% say childminders should be vetted

Almost 90% of Irish adults believe childminders should be Garda-vetted and have basic First Aid and other training, according to a new survey.

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Dáil clashes over Labour motion on child needs

The Labour Party has been accused of hypocrisy after tabling a Dáil motion to demand a fair start for every child.

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Radical action needed to tackle childcare costs: Sinn Féin

A new report has found Ireland’s full-time childcare costs have increased to €178 per week.

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Childcare services not keeping pace with increased demand; report

The level of childcare services has not kept pace with increased demand, with a new report showing a 31% fall in the total number of vacant childcare places.

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Average weekly cost of early years childcare rises to €178

The findings are part of the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018, a survey of 4,000 childcare services nationwide.

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'We have a long way to go' - Ireland's spend on childcare a fifth of UNICEF recommendation

Ireland is only investing a quarter of the EU average when it comes to childcare.

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Plans drawn up for €1m Irish language childcare centre

Draft plans have been drawn up for a €1m Irish language childcare centre, whose development was scuppered 10 years ago by the economic downturn.

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Gardaí, nurses and teachers may get more childcare support in Budget

Increased childcare support for certain workers is being considered, as preparations for the budget continue.

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Failures in at-risk children’s aftercare revealed in report

A suitable aftercare place for the girl returning to Ireland from a secure unit in the UK was only identified at the eighth time of asking and just four days before her 18th birthday.

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Time to acknowledge that the real glass ceiling for women is childcare

Because our partners or husbands invariably earn more than we do, we are more likely to give up our jobs once we have children, and so we continue to be under-represented in positions of authority, suggests Joyce Fegan.

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Majority of staff not allowed to kiss nursery children

Of the 1,125 workers surveyed only one third said the practice was permitted.

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Pensioner playdates: when playschools visit nursing homes

Everybody involved seems to benefit when kids from playschools visit nursing homes, writes Geraldine Walsh.

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Cost of childcare forcing women out of workforce

It is claimed the cost of childcare is forcing women out of work.

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Survey shows average monthly cost of childcare in each county

The cost of putting kids in childcare is continuing to rise across the country, according to a new survey from Newstalk Radio.

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Fianna Fáil: Early childcare payment rise 'being gobbled up by childcare providers'

An increase in payments for early childcare and education is being gobbled up before it gets to parents, according to Fianna Fáil.

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Ross: No push back against ‘granny grant’

Transport Minister Shane Ross has denied there has been any “push back” against the Independent Alliance’s ‘granny grant’ plan, despite the Department of Finance, rival politicians, and campaign groups insisting the scheme is unworkable.

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Minister’s €1,000 ‘granny grant’ idea derided as a hunt for the grey vote

A €1,000 ‘granny grant’ could apply to aunts, uncles, and other relatives as part of an Independent Alliance budget proposal which has been deemed a hunt for the grey vote.

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ESRI: Lone parents better off not working because of 'extremely high childcare costs'

Almost one in five lone parents are better off not working due to the cost of childcare, according to the ESRI.

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Dáil passes bill to help reduce childcare costs

Parents will soon be legally entitled to more financial support to help cover the cost of childcare.

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New laws to help reduce childcare costs to be enacted in next few days

New laws to help reduce the cost of childcare are set to come into effect in the next few days.

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Lack of childcare spaces 'forcing parents to rely on unqualified, unregulated childcare services'

A survey of childcare providers undertaken by Seas Suas, has revealed that the number of places for babies and toddlers (under 2s) in childcare and crèche facilities is falling, despite increasing demand.

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New proposals would make registration, inspections and training mandatory for childminders

Childminders could face regulation under new government proposals.

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Latest: Government made improvements for LGBT children but needs to address child homelessness - Children's Rights Alliance

Latest: The Government has made improvements in support for LGBT children - but needs to do more on issues like child homelessness.

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New Bill aims to increase parental leave entitlement to 26 weeks

The Social Democrats are bringing a bill before the Dáil today which would give parents more unpaid leave to care for their children.

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Early Childhood Ireland not convinved by tax credit proposal for parents employing childminder

Latest: Early Childhood Ireland says it is not convinced by a proposal to give parents a tax credit for directly employing their own childminder in the home.

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Varadkar sets out plans for paid 'family leave' support in child's first year

New parents are set to be given a paid "family leave" support from the Government which will see them able to share State grants and time off after a birth any way they like in the first year of a child’s life, writes Irish Examiner Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

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Creche fees 'will increase until Government provides 100% funding', warn providers

Childcare workers say creche fees will increase until the Government provides 100% of their costs.

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Government announces €4m in universal childcare subsidies

Families with children under the age of three can now apply for a childcare subsidy.

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Scheme to help children with disabilities enter childcare to be expanded

More than €1.5m is to be invested in a scheme which helps children with disabilities enter childcare.

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Childcare workers to protest outside Dáil

Childcare workers are set to protest outside the Dáil later today.

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Several counties have no registered childminders, offical figures show

Official Government figures show there are several counties without any registered childminders.

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Union criticises Minister's handling of early childhood scheme

Trade union Impact has sharply criticised Children's Minister Katherine Zappone, over what they have described as her Department's inept handling of the early childhood scheme.

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Labour's pledge of €500m to fund €2-per-hour childcare 'won't even come close'

Early Childhood Ireland has said that Labour's plan to subsidise childcare will cost more than the €500m proposed.

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Childhood workers call for better funding and wages

Early childhood workers are calling for increased wages and funding for the sector.

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Coveney: Childcare costs are 'like a second mortgage'

A Government Minister has said that the Government must reduce the cost of childcare - which he described as being "like another mortgage".

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Childcare costs 'keeping some women out of workforce': Howlin

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has admitted that childcare costs are preventing many women from fully taking part in the workforce.

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Childcare workers planning mass protest

The Government is facing revolt by the country’s 25,000 childcare workers over demands that they continually upskill while forced to exist on "poverty pay".

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More crèche inspectors recruited as new child agency set up

The head of the new Child and Family Agency has said more people are being recruited to ensure regular inspections at Irish crèches.

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Families spending almost half their income on childcare

A recent OECD report shows that the average double-income families with two children here spend 45% of their net income on preschool care.

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Government 'failing to help working parents'

More than three-quarters of working parents are unhappy with the way they are being treated by the Government, according to a recruitment website.

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ISPCC hails new vetting for pre-schoool workers

Child protection campaigners today welcomed new rules on Garda vetting which will see checks carried out on staff and volunteers caring for pre-school youngsters.

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Two-year-old boy 'tied to chair at Dublin crèche'

The Health Service Executive is reportedly investigating claims that a two-year-old boy was tied to a chair at a crèche in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin.

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Nurseries group seeks more monitoring of childcare

The National Children's Nurseries Association is calling for improved monitoring of childcare services following revelations about widespread breaches of safety regulations in such facilities.

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Calls for transparency in childcare

Parents should be shown the results of creche inspections, it was recommended today as it emerged only 21 of 160 childcare facilities in the west of Ireland were fully compliant with regulations.

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Childcare facilities failing to adhere to legal regulations

Inspections by the Health Services Executive have reportedly uncovered widespread breaches of statutory regulations at childcare facilities in the west of the country.

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