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'I have no idea who will mind my children': Readers' stories of Ireland's childcare crisis
A report by
Lauren Boland
We asked readers to share their experiences of trying to find childcare in Ireland – here are their stories.
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.
Call for increased investment in early years childcare sector, especially for under threes
Opinion: 'Formal childcare for small babies in Dublin is a fiction. It effectively does not exist'
# Roderic O'Gorman
Minister for Children says 85% of creches to re-open after 'inaccurate' information provided to Dáil
Earlier, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar had told the Dáil that just 60% of childcare providers would be re-opening.
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.
# Covid-19
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.
# Hyde and Seek
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.
# ge2020
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.
# Creches
RTÉ accused of criminal offences in making of Hyde & Seek exposé
Four Hyde & Seek crèches had been ordered to close by 31 December on foot of an order by Tusla.
# childcare crisis
Minister approves one-off extra payment of €1,500 to childcare providers to help with extra insurance costs
The Federation of Early Childcare Providers says some creches are seeing insurance quotes that are double that of last year.
# Childcare
Tusla defers deadline for crèches to submit fire risk assessments
Some childcare providers were finding it “particularly challenging” to carry out fire risk assessments.
# Hyde and Seek
RTÉ accused of neglecting child safety in war of words with Tusla ahead of Hyde and Seek exposé
The RTÉ documentary about the Hyde and Seek chain was broadcast on 24 July.
# Childcare
Parents left in limbo after Tusla closes unregistered aftercare facility in south Dublin
Dimples Creche in Sandyford has been forced to close its after-care from tomorrow.
# Creche scandal
Issues of non-compliance found at fourth Hyde & Seek creche not featured in documentary
The Drumcondra creche was not covered on this week’s RTÉ documentary.
# Hyde and Seek
Tusla releases advice for parents as Zappone 'appalled' at treatment of children in creches
Children were filmed being roughly handled in the footage recorded by RTÉ Investigates, and concerns were raised about fire safety and other issues.
# Creches
Planning authority raised concerns about fire evacuation at Hyde & Seek creche before its construction
A number of fire safety issues at the creche chain were raised during an RTÉ documentary last night.
# Hyde and Seek
Owner of creche chain accused of 'huge breaches' after being filmed roughly handling children in care
An RTÉ documentary into practices at Hyde & Seek was broadcast earlier this evening.
# A Breach of Trust
Girl (5) awarded €17,500 after being moved to 'harsh and abusive' room in Dublin créche
Court heard that she went from being a ‘happy’ child to a ‘;cranky’ one after being moved to a different room in the creche.
# Growing pains
Some creches waiting FIVE years between inspections
“It’s just not good enough,” says Early Childhood Ireland.
# Creches
€3m childcare fund will leave 70% of providers 'out in the cold'
Early Childhood Ireland is proposing that a separate strand of funding is immediately ringfenced for private childcare providers.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Friday
Everybody’s talking about the death of Edward Haughey, Aer Lingus suing SIPTU and off licences urged not to sell booze too early on Paddy’s Day…
# worrying
Creches under investigation again following more revelations about care
The HSE is now investigating a number of serious cases.
# Creches
Funding of €900,000 for childcare staff training
The money is part of wider reforms for the pre-school childcare sector following Prime Time’s exposé earlier this year.
# Childcare
Tougher regulation of creches must be met with investment - Early Childhood Ireland
The Minister for Children today announced more stringent regulation of the creche sector, but a representative body for creches says that regulation without investment is meaningless.
# childcare laws
Cabinet approves tough new measures for creches
Creches would have to be registered to operate and inspectors would be granted greater powers under the proposed new laws.
# Creches
Creche reports 'out of date' says Early Childhood Ireland
The childcare representative group says that there needs to be clear distinctions between minor and major non-compliance.
# Childcare
HSE: 'Creche breached child-adult ratio - we marked it compliant by accident'
An inspection report handed to parents whose children attend a Dublin creche identified breaches of child-adult ratios yet marked the facility compliant. The HSE said this was an “administrative error”.
# A Breach of Trust
HSE director 'sorry' for not putting creche reports online
“I apologise for that…It was in a queue of things to happen. It was resource-restricted. It will happen now.”
# A Breach of Trust
Profit-making childhood services to pay 'significant registration fee'
Chief executive-designate of the Child and Family Agency Gordon Jeyes described the portrayal of childcare in RTÉ Prime Time’s investigation as “truly horrifying”.
# Little Harvard
In letter to parents, creche 'does not accept general thrust' of RTÉ footage
Little Harvard has defended itself in a letter sent home with children who attend its five creches this week in the wake of the ‘A Breach of Trust’ programme.
# Childcare
Childhood professionals concerned about RTÉ doc revelations
The Assocation of Childhood Professionals have called on the government to work with its members to achieve quality in care.
# Childcare
Sick pay proposal will affect childcare service provision - survey
Preschool and creche operators say they cannot afford to cover the cost of Minister Burton’s proposal.