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# childcare - Monday 19 October, 2020

Review finds that the average cost of delivering childcare across all services in Ireland is €4.14 per hour

The review was undertaken by Crowe in association with Apteligen in 2018.

# childcare - Monday 14 September, 2020

Opinion: Foster care is in trouble in Ireland and its privatisation is not the answer

Green Party TD Patrick Costello says foster care in Ireland has been at breaking point for some time and it cannot be ignored any longer.

# childcare - Thursday 23 July, 2020

‘Children's needs should be the priority for after-school services’

Prevention and Early Intervention expert Marian Quinn outlines the need for a reimagined after-school sector on the other side of Covid-19.

# childcare - Wednesday 22 July, 2020

‘Without state interventions many childcare providers will go out of business’

Childcare centre owners Sarah O’Leary and and Michele Akerlind explain how better investment can build a well paid and affordable childcare sector.

# childcare - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

‘Time to radically reform childcare and break the tension between fees and quality’

In the latest in our Childcare Voices series, Darragh O’Connor of SIPTU outlines why the trade union is calling for big changes in pay and affordability in the sector.

# childcare - Monday 20 July, 2020

‘We are essentially paying out a second mortgage in childcare every month’

Mother Lynda Butler outlines the impact of childcare costs for her first daughter and how high fees are making her think twice about having a second child.

# childcare - Friday 17 July, 2020

Opinion: Maternity leave in lockdown was no picnic, so please don't forget new parents

New mother Patrice Hosford is asking the government to improve the leave entitlements currently available to new parents.

# childcare - Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Hundreds of childcare providers say they won't be able to stay open without more government supports

70% of childcare providers are yet to reopen, with only 22% operating at full capacity.

# childcare - Thursday 2 July, 2020

As a creche owner, I had butterflies on Monday, but we're getting there

One childcare provider shares her thoughts on reopening in the ‘new normal’ and thanks former minister Katherine Zappone for the work she’s done.

# childcare - Sunday 28 June, 2020

'It's been a long 16 weeks': Anticipation tinged with nerves as creches prepare to re-open

Providers say they’ve done everything they can to make things seem normal for children.

# childcare - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

'An absolute scandal': Ireland has the highest Covid infection rate for healthcare workers in the world, committee told

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening suggested that the figures provided by the INMO were wrong.

Childcare providers warn of reduced capacity and need for longterm financial support

Operators said additional staff will be needed to manage the extra Covid-19 health and safety requirements.

Childcare providers to tell TDs uncertainty is having 'profoundly stressful impact'

The Oireachtas Covid-19 committee will hear about concerns in the sector today.

# childcare - Wednesday 10 June, 2020

State grants will ensure childcare providers should have no reason to increase fees, says minister

A €75 million funding package has been announced.

# childcare - Tuesday 9 June, 2020

Childcare crisis: 'I looked at my 14-year-old and asked 'Will you manage babysitting the others?''

Childcare providers won’t be returning until 29 June – and even when they do return, it isn’t clear how many children they can take in.

# childcare - Sunday 7 June, 2020

People will rely on family and friends for a ‘dig out’ until creches reopen, says minister

The government plan sets out that creches will open on 29 June.

# childcare - Friday 29 May, 2020

'Play-pods' of up to 12 children to be introduced in creches as they reopen from 29 June

These services will first be made available to children of essential workers and those experiencing poverty or welfare issues.

# childcare - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

The government's Covid-19 childcare plans, while noble, will not benefit children

Karen Clince of Tigers Childcare says there is another way to provide childcare safely, and she has some suggestions.

# childcare - Thursday 14 May, 2020

Varadkar 'increasingly confident' Phase One of lifting restrictions will begin on Monday

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said there are questions to be asked about how the country is re-started and the logic behind the decisions.

Childcare for healthcare workers - how a promised scheme failed to materialse

The government announced that a childcare scheme for healthcare workers had to be scrapped.

'Shambolic': Government told to 'go back to the drawing board' over failed childcare scheme for healthcare workers

The scheme has been scrapped after just six providers had applied to take part.

# childcare - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Childcare scheme for healthcare workers scrapped after only six providers apply

The scheme was launched last week and was due to begin on Monday.

# childcare - Thursday 7 May, 2020

No insurance cover for childcare providers that take part in government scheme, warns broker

45 hours a week of childcare in the home will be provided to certain workers from 18 May.

# childcare - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

Healthcare workers to pay €90 for childcare each week under latest government plan

Trade union Fórsa has requested more information on what the plan entails.

'Longer work days' and 'virtual clinics' among HSE suggestions for healthcare workers with children

The HSE has acknowledged that the government childcare scheme “does not address the majority of situations”.

# childcare - Thursday 30 April, 2020

Frontline healthcare workers could have childcare provided in their homes

Dr Tony Holohan wrote to Simon Harris about the potential for “registered childcare workers [to] provide support” in a healthcare worker’s home.

# childcare - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

HSE tells unions that where healthcare workers can't secure childcare, they can remain at home with pay

Previous proposals to support healthcare workers with childcare provision had been described as inadequate by unions.

# childcare - Thursday 23 April, 2020

'Surprisingly old-fashioned': Union says government childcare offer 'does nothing' for vast majority of nurses

The INMO pointed out that many of its members are lone parents or have partners who are also working on the frontline.

# childcare - Wednesday 22 April, 2020

Paid leave to be given to public-sector partners of healthcare workers to help with childcare needs

Varadkar said that other childcare proposals are being considered for after 5 May.

# childcare - Monday 20 April, 2020

Government's delayed childcare plan for health workers needs approval by health experts

The National Public Health Emergency team will discuss the plan tomorrow, says the Taoiseach.

# childcare - Thursday 16 April, 2020

Childcare providers have until Tuesday to sign up to wage subsidy scheme

Wages of thousands of employees working in the childcare sector will be topped up to a maximum of €586 a week.

# childcare - Monday 6 April, 2020

Taoiseach says there are risks to lifting restrictions too soon and county-by-county

Advice on whether restrictions should be extended will be given later this week.

# childcare - Thursday 26 March, 2020

Taoiseach indicates childcare and sick pay reforms may not be rolled back on entirely after the crisis

The Dail is debating emergency legislation today.

# childcare - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

Parents will not have to pay for childcare they are not receiving during Covid-19 crisis, says Taoiseach

The government is to pay a proportion of childcare staff costs during the closure period.

# childcare - Friday 13 March, 2020

Childcare and coronavirus: Many parents still paying, but some childcare staff told to apply for dole

Many workers will now have to apply for jobseekers’ benefit.

Finance minister says 'work is underway' to address childcare challenge faced by healthcare workers

Paschal Donohue said work is underway in relation to the issue following representations from workers unions in the last 24 hours.

# childcare - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Hyde and Seek creches at centre of controversy now hiring new staff

The company came to the nation’s attention last summer following an RTÉ Investigates piece on Prime Time.

# childcare - Sunday 16 February, 2020

Was childcare really that big an issue for voters in the general election?

It was a prominent topic throughout the election but just 3% of voters said it was the most important deciding factor for them.

# childcare - Thursday 13 February, 2020

Most people believe parents should be supported to stay at home until their child is 1 year old

Childcare Barometer 2020 shows significant support for the creation of a single, dedicated childcare agency.

# childcare - Wednesday 5 February, 2020

Q+A: Here's what the parties say they will do to reform childcare in Ireland

After a childcare protest marched across Dublin today, here’s a look at what the political parties are promising.

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