Elodie McGrath (4), at Kidz@Play, in Newton Hall, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Elodie McGrath (4), has only just come into the creche when she spots what’s wrong about the giant teddy doctor sitting in the corner of the room – he(...)

The initial priority has to be making the separation from the mother as easy as possible for the baby. Photograph: Thinkstock

On a bad day during maternity leave, it’s impossible to imagine that you will ever be able to go back to work. But of course the majority of mothers (...)

Janet Mahon: ‘It is important to us that she [Abigail Kate] is in a warm environment with an equal focus on play and learning.’

Working parents often believe their child’s first day at school will bring an end to their childcare burden. Bless their innocence. People who have be(...)

Michelle Igoe with her children Aoibhinn (4), Caitlin (2), Alex (9 months) and Robert (6) at their home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

It’s summertime and the kids aren’t in creches, but parents are still paying for them. Childcare facilities often close for a two-week summer holid(...)