Conor Neill (6) with his class in the Doodle Den in St Michael’s Infants School in Limerick. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

A few weeks ago Siobhán Neill took her six-year-old son, Conor, to McDonald’s as a treat. She was about to ask him what he wanted when he surprised he(...)

Government called on to develop a nationally agreed pay scale for childhood service professionals. Photograph: Thinkstock

Marches took place in Dublin, Cork and Sligo on Saturday calling for improved pay for professionals working in early childhood services and for the(...)

The Association of Childhood Professionals rally outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

About 2,000 people have taken part in a protest outside Leinster House calling for greater Government investment in the childhood sector.The Associati(...)

So far this year 729 children in almost 400 families in Dublin have  lost their homes

Children are going to school hungry – not just without breakfast but not having had anything to eat since they left the previous day. Families (...)

Overall, 73 per cent of children in the intervention schools were within the “normal” weight range for their age, compared to just 58 per cent in the control schools.  Photograph: Getty Images

Childhood obesity could be greatly reduced using targeted health programmes in schools, new research has shown. A study of the long-term (...)

Éilis O’Brien with senior infants in the Doodle Den club at the Sacred Heart Junior School, Killinarden,Tallaght, Co Dublin. Photograph:Eric Luke

Fifteen senior infants in wine-coloured uniforms are scurrying around a classroom, pencils and clipboards in their hands, searching for words o(...)

Gretta Murphy from Co Kilkenny with Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald and Angela Murphy from Co Waterford in the Department of Education yesterday for the launch of the Association of Childcare Professionals. Photograph: David Sleator

All childcare workers should have professional qualifications, be formally registered and enjoy a standard work contract, according to a new body set (...)

The Association of Childhood Professionals has called for an initial statutory minimum requirement for all childhood professionals

High rates of staff turnover in childcare settings are unsustainable, it was claimed today.The Association of Childhood Professionals (ACP) called for(...)

Garda Damian Long wasn’t hopeful of a great outcome when he got a teenager together with the woman whose car he had vandalised. The young man d(...)