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 (...)

Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos, Dr Eilis Hennessy of UCD, chairwoman  of the expert advisory group on the early-years strategy, Frances Fitzgerald,  Minister for Children, and Toby Wolfe of Start Strong at the launch of Right from the Start.  Photograph: Alan Betson /THE IRISH TIMES

A second free pre-school year is on the way but not until at least 2015, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said yesterday. She said the additio(...)

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(...)

 Childcare at Abington Wood, Malahide.

Parents can see the inspection reports on creches their children attend in one of two ways: by either asking the creche for the latest report o(...)

 Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: expressed support for using savings from child benefit changes to pay for an extra year of free pre-school.

A second year’s free pre-school could be available for 65,000 children within the next 18 months – if the Government supports the move, the Min(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Paid parental leave should be extended to cover the first year of a child's life, a submission on the forthcoming National Early Years Strategy(...)