Teresa Heeney, the new chief executive of Early Childhood Ireland (ECI): ‘Fees to parents can’t go up – it’s as simple as that. There has to be a different way of building the system.’ Photograph: Garrett White

The cost of childcare has to increase. There’s no getting away from that unpalatable fact in the current drive for improved standards in the Re(...)

Junior infants at St Brigid’s NS Castleknock, in Dublin, try the Handwriting Without Tears programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Developing a signature style

The thousands of letters in the archive of the actor Vivien Leigh, which the Victoria & Albert Museum, in London, acquired this year, are unlikely(...)

Early Childhood Ireland is pressing for funding to be provided to make sure changes announced by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald come into effect. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The next Budget must mark a turning point in State support for services for pre-school children, the Coalition has been told. Early Childhood Ireland (...)

 Dr Stuart Brown at play: ‘It is probably no coincidence that humans are the most playful of all species. While the drive to play in adulthood is diminished, it does not disappear.’
The power of play

Everybody in the Dún Laoghaire shoe shop looked around as peals of delighted laughter rang out from a small boy posing with his big brother in front o(...)

Stephanie Gratton, owner of the Crescent Creche in Monkstown, Dublin, with Gus Murphy (3), Harry Fuller (3) and Jamie White (4). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sickening scenes of little children being flipped over like rag dolls, toddlers trying to walk while strapped to chairs and vulnerable tots being swor(...)

The body representing childcare providers has said it is “outrageous” for personal information on staff to be posted online as part of the publication(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald will appear before the Oireachtas committee this evening to discuss concerns over standards in creches. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Parents will be able to read inspection reports for creches online by July 1st and from September childcare providers will have to register before set(...)

New figures show there are just 37 full-time inspectors responsible for monitoring care and education standards in more than 4,700 creches and prescho(...)

The man responsible for state supervision of early childhood services in Ireland wants to introduce a “ significant registration fee” for all private (...)

 Garda vetting highlights any convictions but it is up to the employer to decide whether the individual is suitable to work with children or not.

Two Dublin creches and an afterschool care facility are being operated by a woman who was convicted for breaching regulations after a child was left b(...)