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#Childcare

# childcare - This week 20th November 2022 - 26th November 2022

Strike action by childcare providers tomorrow cancelled as meeting with Minister planned
# Childcare
# Childcare

Strike action by childcare providers tomorrow cancelled as meeting with Minister planned

Updated Thu 1:33 PM 6,820 Views 0 Comments

Childcare providers have claimed they have been marginalised by the Government’s new core funding model.

# childcare - This month November 2022

Childcare providers to strike over 'inadequately addressed' funding issues
# Protest
# Protest

Childcare providers to strike over 'inadequately addressed' funding issues

Nov 11th 2022, 11:31 AM 10,556 Views 8 Comments

The Federation of Early Childhood Providers informed thousands of parents of the closure

# childcare - September September 2022

Minister hopes parents using childminders will benefit from cheaper childcare next year
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

Minister hopes parents using childminders will benefit from cheaper childcare next year

Updated Sep 28th 2022, 1:45 PM 20,378 Views 29 Comments

Roderic O’Gorman says some childminders are concerned about what a new regulatory system will mean for them.

Childcare: Reduction of up to 25% announced in costs under National Childcare Scheme
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

Childcare: Reduction of up to 25% announced in costs under National Childcare Scheme

Updated Sep 27th 2022, 3:27 PM 14,272 Views 3 Comments

It will cost €121 million and save families up to €175 a month.

Opinion: The new childcare ‘Core Funding’ is positive news but more is needed in the budget
# Childcare Sector
# Childcare Sector

Opinion: The new childcare ‘Core Funding’ is positive news but more is needed in the budget

Updated Sep 22nd 2022, 9:30 AM 12,447 Views 7 Comments

Regina Bushell of Seas Suas childcare group says recent changes are to be welcomed, but Budget 2023 must not forget the sector.

Opinion: No one told me that childcare is the true engine of creative work
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: No one told me that childcare is the true engine of creative work

Sep 17th 2022, 8:00 PM 14,842 Views 1 Comment

Erin Fornoff on how she wrote a play while living on a sinking barge with a toddler – and no childcare.

New funding model for childcare will freeze this year's fees at 2021 rates
# Together For Better
# Together For Better

New funding model for childcare will freeze this year's fees at 2021 rates

Sep 15th 2022, 1:02 PM 8,564 Views 5 Comments

Roderic O’Gorman said that Together for Better would benefit children, parents and workers.

Bacik says Ireland should copy Germany's €9 monthly public transport fare initiative
# Labour Think-In
# Labour Think-In

Bacik says Ireland should copy Germany's €9 monthly public transport fare initiative

Sep 8th 2022, 2:27 PM 17,277 Views 42 Comments

The Labour Party is holding its first think-in since the resignation of Alan Kelly as party leader.

# childcare - This year 2022

Childcare fees should fall by 50% over the next two Budgets, says minister
# Childcare
# Childcare

Childcare fees should fall by 50% over the next two Budgets, says minister

Aug 25th 2022, 5:33 PM 22,776 Views 19 Comments

Minister Roderic O’Gorman said his focus is on improving affordability for parents in this year’s Budget.

Childcare fees will fall for the vast majority of parents under 'big' Budget package
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

Childcare fees will fall for the vast majority of parents under 'big' Budget package

Aug 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 30,632 Views 26 Comments
  • Tánaiste says freezing childcare fees 'is not enough'.
  • Parents are paying out nearly €800 per month per child for childcare.
  • Childcare providers warn of closures due to funding delay.
Sinn Féin tables proposals to cut cost of childcare by two thirds
# Gender Equality
# Gender Equality

Sinn Féin tables proposals to cut cost of childcare by two thirds

Jul 7th 2022, 5:03 PM 16,005 Views 67 Comments

The party launched their childcare policy this afternoon.

'Overlooked' childcare providers protest over funding
# Childcare
# Childcare

'Overlooked' childcare providers protest over funding

Jun 22nd 2022, 4:06 PM 9,966 Views 4 Comments

Higher inflation and historically low funding are leading to many services falling into ‘real financial difficulty’, a leader in the sector said.

Creches say planned fee freeze for childcare costs in September 'unworkable'
# Childcare
# Childcare

Creches say planned fee freeze for childcare costs in September 'unworkable'

Jun 21st 2022, 6:20 PM 14,412 Views 8 Comments

Under the Government’s core funding model, fees will be frozen at the rate that was in place in September 2021.

Government's 'objective' to cut childcare costs before Christmas - Taoiseach

Government's 'objective' to cut childcare costs before Christmas - Taoiseach

Updated Jun 20th 2022, 2:19 PM 26,408 Views 46 Comments

Martin warned that the toughest period in this crisis could be wintertime.

Pilot 'baby bundles' to be given to new parents
# Baby On Board
# Baby On Board

Pilot 'baby bundles' to be given to new parents

Jun 13th 2022, 6:30 AM 37,553 Views 20 Comments

The bundles will be distributed to 500 newborns and their parents.

Housing is government's 'biggest failure', Social Democrats say at national conference
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Housing is government's 'biggest failure', Social Democrats say at national conference

Updated Jun 11th 2022, 5:42 PM 25,465 Views 40 Comments

Members of the Social Democrats convened today for its first in-person conference since 2019.

Parents paying nearly €800 in monthly fees per child in childcare, report finds
# Cost Of Childcare
# Cost Of Childcare

Parents paying nearly €800 in monthly fees per child in childcare, report finds

May 13th 2022, 3:54 PM 19,953 Views 35 Comments

A new report finds that the average weekly fee nationally per child for full day childcare is €186.84.

Government to reduce childcare costs 'considerably' in the next Budget
# Capping Fees
# Capping Fees

Government to reduce childcare costs 'considerably' in the next Budget

Apr 24th 2022, 12:05 AM 63,239 Views 63 Comments
  • Childcare fees will be capped at September 2021 levels if a deal can be done on pay and conditions.
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says increased subsidies should be used to reduce costs considerably for parents.
  • Government believes a reduction in the cost of childcare 'will help with cost of living'.
Living wage proposals to be brought to Government before summer, says Varadkar
# Inflation
# Inflation

Living wage proposals to be brought to Government before summer, says Varadkar

Apr 12th 2022, 6:30 PM 21,736 Views 24 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said indexing the tax bands further is needed now more than ever.

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to improve childcare in Ireland?
# Childcare
# Childcare

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to improve childcare in Ireland?

Feb 15th 2022, 3:42 PM 3,299 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Peter McGuire and Professor Mathias Urban tell Susan Daly about the challenges facing Ireland’s childcare system.

Would it work here? The countries finding success in key aspects of childcare
# Childcare Crossroads
# Childcare Crossroads

Would it work here? The countries finding success in key aspects of childcare

Feb 3rd 2022, 1:00 PM 8,742 Views 9 Comments

As part of a Noteworthy and The Good Information Project deep-dive into childcare, we look to how other countries are managing the sector.

Increased State spend on childcare 'not enough' to solve crisis for parents and providers
# Childcare Crossroads
# Childcare Crossroads

Increased State spend on childcare 'not enough' to solve crisis for parents and providers

Feb 3rd 2022, 12:01 AM 15,721 Views 11 Comments
  • Cost of childcare in Ireland is among the highest in the EU and parental leave entitlements among the worst, writes Peter McGuire.
  • This Noteworthy and The Good Information Project deep-dive finds that planned State investment will not deliver a sustainable, universal, model of care.
  • While the ECCE preschool scheme deemed a success, care for under-3s and primary school children is inconsistent.
'It's put me off having more kids': Your stories of childcare in Ireland during the pandemic
# Broken
# Broken

'It's put me off having more kids': Your stories of childcare in Ireland during the pandemic

Jan 31st 2022, 6:30 AM 30,894 Views 23 Comments

We asked parents to share their stories. Here’s what they told us.

Poll: Should there be a network of State-run childcare centres?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should there be a network of State-run childcare centres?

Jan 28th 2022, 9:30 AM 28,864 Views 57 Comments

The need for affordable childcare has consistently been highlighted as an issue for working parents.

What kind of difficulties have you faced with childcare? We want to hear your story
# Get In Touch
# Get In Touch

What kind of difficulties have you faced with childcare? We want to hear your story

Jan 21st 2022, 9:57 AM 8,116 Views 0 Comments

Whatever your situation is, we want to hear what change you’d like to see to the current childcare system.

# childcare - Last year 2021

Antigen testing programme to be rolled out for early learning and childcare services from tomorrow
# Childcare
# Childcare

Antigen testing programme to be rolled out for early learning and childcare services from tomorrow

Dec 14th 2021, 5:14 PM 14,595 Views 3 Comments

Tests will be available to children aged four and over and staff in a pod where there’s a confirmed Covid case.

Childcare providers hold Dáil protest over children 'falling through the cracks'
# No Child Left Behind
# No Child Left Behind

Childcare providers hold Dáil protest over children 'falling through the cracks'

Oct 5th 2021, 5:20 PM 7,332 Views 3 Comments

They say services are “chronically underfunded”.

Fine Gael sets out major new childcare policies
# Childcare
# Childcare

Fine Gael sets out major new childcare policies

Oct 3rd 2021, 7:45 AM 15,344 Views 42 Comments

Fine Gael is calling for a ‘major re-prioritisation’ of early childhood by the Government and policymakers.

Poll: How do you think the State should fix issues with accessing childcare?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: How do you think the State should fix issues with accessing childcare?

Aug 28th 2021, 11:26 AM 27,211 Views 83 Comments

Readers have shared their difficulties in trying to access childcare services.

'I have no idea who will mind my children': Readers' stories of Ireland's childcare crisis
# Joining The Dots
# Joining The Dots

'I have no idea who will mind my children': Readers' stories of Ireland's childcare crisis

Aug 28th 2021, 12:05 AM 76,046 Views 47 Comments
  • Every year, tens of thousands of parents around the country seek out childcare, but many say it has become an increasingly difficult search.
  • We asked readers to share their experiences and struggles with childcare in Ireland.
  • Here are their stories, collected by Lauren Boland.
Have you faced difficulties finding childcare for your young child? We want to hear your story
# Get In Touch
# Get In Touch

Have you faced difficulties finding childcare for your young child? We want to hear your story

Aug 26th 2021, 11:27 AM 14,861 Views 17 Comments

We want to piece together the picture of what finding childcare looks like in Ireland – here’s how you can take part.

Call for increased investment in early years childcare sector, especially for under threes
# Early Years
# Early Years

Call for increased investment in early years childcare sector, especially for under threes

Aug 26th 2021, 9:39 AM 11,348 Views 20 Comments

Teresa Heeney described the situation for new parents as “unacceptable”.

Opinion: 'Formal childcare for small babies in Dublin is a fiction. It effectively does not exist'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: 'Formal childcare for small babies in Dublin is a fiction. It effectively does not exist'

Aug 5th 2021, 1:47 PM 33,801 Views 23 Comments

‘Ask your Ma for help’ is not a good public policy for childcare in Ireland, writes Liz Carolan.

Unicef: Ireland one of the most expensive countries for childcare as half of salary is average cost
# Childcare Costs
# Childcare Costs

Unicef: Ireland one of the most expensive countries for childcare as half of salary is average cost

Jun 18th 2021, 8:11 AM 15,840 Views 27 Comments

Ireland is in line with other rich countries such as Switzerland and New Zealand in the cost to care for two children.

Opinion: Without a public childcare model there can be no equality for women
# Childcare Crossroads
# Childcare Crossroads

Opinion: Without a public childcare model there can be no equality for women

May 29th 2021, 7:01 PM 15,897 Views 19 Comments

The National Women’s Council says inadequate State investment in childcare has led to an unsustainable system in crisis.

'Your mammy brain and working woman brain should not be in the same room': Work and childcare after Covid
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

'Your mammy brain and working woman brain should not be in the same room': Work and childcare after Covid

May 2nd 2021, 9:00 AM 23,854 Views 3 Comments

The Citizens Assembly has recommended a publicly-funded childcare model in future to address the high cost parents face.

Report on pay levels in childcare sector to be finalised in coming days
# Department Of Children
# Department Of Children

Report on pay levels in childcare sector to be finalised in coming days

Feb 4th 2021, 8:17 PM 16,052 Views 7 Comments

The department appointed former Labour Court chairman and barrister Dr Kevin Duffy as the independent chairman of the process.

Opinion: Childcare providers are still no clearer on the government's long-term plans
# Child Welfare
# Child Welfare

Opinion: Childcare providers are still no clearer on the government's long-term plans

Jan 29th 2021, 7:00 AM 10,019 Views 6 Comments

Childcare provider Regina Bushell says the government has not inspired confidence with regard to how childcare will work throughout 2021.

Deal struck with Government to provide funding for childcare services for essential workers
# Level 5
# Level 5

Deal struck with Government to provide funding for childcare services for essential workers

Updated Jan 8th 2021, 8:35 PM 40,028 Views 15 Comments

The IBEC groups said all childcare services will be open for children of frontline and essential workers and vulnerable children.

Childcare services to remain open but only for vulnerable groups and children of essential workers
# Creche
# Creche

Childcare services to remain open but only for vulnerable groups and children of essential workers

Updated Jan 6th 2021, 5:35 PM 38,106 Views 11 Comments

The measures will remain in place until at least the end of January.

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