Teresa Heeney, chief executive of Early Childhood Ireland, said one year’s paid parental leave should be only one element of reform package

The introduction of a full year’s paid parental leave split between both parents could take as long as five years to fully implement, a childcare gr(...)

Irene Gunning, chief executive of Early Childhood Ireland, said the survey results underline the need for investment in supports for children with special needs at pre-school level. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Many creches and pre-schools are struggling to provide early childhood care and education to children with special needs, according to a nation(...)