The Early Years Alliance said it is calling for a ‘sustainable solution to the worsening childcare crisis’.  File photograph: Getty

Hundreds of childcare facilities are due to close on Wednesday, February 5th as providers, educators and parents plan to protest in Dublin. The Earl(...)

The fact that vulnerable families only have the option of the new scheme is a big concern for childcare providers working in the most disadvantaged areas in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Low-income families on existing childcare subsidy programmes will be allowed to remain on them “indefinitely”, despite the online launch of the new Na(...)

Karen Clince operates a ratio of one staff to 11 schoolage children

Who’s going to foot the bill? That’s the issue around which battle lines are being drawn as regulations come in for the first time for care of childre(...)

Childcare provider Bronagh Mooney with children in the preschoolers room at Creative Kids and Co Centre in Crumlin, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

A two-storey, semi-detached house in a newly built estate in Crumlin, in Dublin, is where the dream of running her own childcare centre became reality(...)

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(...)

‘Government needs to support those caring for our youngest citizens’

Our children are being failed by a childcare system that is simply not fit for purpose. Parents, families, communities, the economy, and childcare (...)

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(...)

 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(...)