From left, Patricia Doherty, SNA, with Cian Corrigan-Griffin and his mother, Niamh Corrigan, at the ABC Club pre-school in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke

A bunch of preschoolers are dunking their toy cars into dishes of bright coloured paint and then gleefully running the wheels across blank pages of(...)

Gordon Jeyes: comments from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs  follow concerns raised by the chief executive of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, about the cost of the system.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Plans for “extensive reform” of the court-appointed guardian system in Ireland are “at an advanced stage”, the Department of Children and Youth Affai(...)

About 65,000 children are eligible for the current preschool year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Access to the free preschool year for children with special needs has been described as “inconsistent” and “not satisfactory” by the Department of C(...)

The quality of education being provided at pre-schools will be assessed for the first time after the summer under a new inspection regime

The quality of education being provided at pre-schools will be assessed for the first time after the summer under a new inspection regime. The Departm(...)

‘Their stories offer compelling insights into the negative impact gaps in services and system-oriented practices have on the lives of children and their families’. Photograph: Getty Images

As Ombudsman for Children I often return to the question posed by Eleanor Roosevelt, at an event at the UN in New York, during the 10th anniversary of(...)

The Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency will lose its €81,000 annual allocation from Tusla Child and Family Agency due to cost-cutting measures. Photograph: Getty Images

A group which promotes social inclusion for people with disabilities has said it will have to cease certain operations from July after Tusla officials(...)

Accord’s president Bishop Denis Nulty said in a statement he was “very disappointed that Tusla has made this funding decision.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government rejects claims that State funding for marriage preparation courses provided by a Catholic support agency was withdrawn because of the (...)

Mary O’Hara,  tutor and co-ordinator of the health-promotion programme at  Sligo’s community training centre. Photograph: James Connolly

A mass exodus of all students and staff for a half-hour walk at 2.30pm every day for five weeks. The transformation of a concrete yard with paint a(...)

Youth mental health is such a “buzz” phrase these days that it is hard to believe it was hardly discussed in Ireland just a decade ago. The eme(...)

Model and basketball player, Emer Foley (left), with Katie Dennison and Megan Dempsey at the launch of a new programme “Free Being Me”, empowering girls through improving body confidence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Emer Foley was in third class at primary school when she began to be conscious that she was bigger than her friends. There was a weighing scale(...)