Tusla said there was a need to “address the risks associated with current inconsistent, ineffective and poor governance practices” in the School Completion Programme.

Tusla told the Minister for Children it would be “both irresponsible and reckless” to continue funding a €25 million stay-in-school programme aimed at(...)

Launching the findings of the ENRICH programme led by the Centre for Mental Health and Community Research at Maynooth University were Jeanette Traynor and Jessica Staines. Photograph: Conor Healy / Picture It Photography

It took just one new mother to say out loud that she was “so tired” and within minutes all those around her were in tears. “It was a really special m(...)

In the toss-up between the crèche and the childminder option, the latter always won out. Photograph: iStock

Oh childminder of mine, how much do I love thee? Let me count the ways. She manages to somehow radiate calm and enthusiasm at the same time. Her home(...)

 Amy Greer Murphy (L), Darragh O’Connor and Eva Lawless at Buswells hotel in Dublin, with their Early Years survey results showing  that some 90% of educators are questioning their future in childcare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A manager at a north Dublin Montessori has said she is working two jobs in order to pay her bills. Eva Lawes (29), deputy manager at a Montessori and(...)

In Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown parents of a child under one year can  expect to be charged €265 per week for full-time care. Parents in Co Monaghan will pay an average of just over €155. Photograph: Getty Images

Parents in parts of Dublin will pay up to 70 per cent more for childcare than those in rural areas, new figures released by the Department of Children(...)

 Hyde & Seek:  The RTÉ Investigates documentary revealed disturbing practices at the Dublin chain of creches. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The parents of more than 20 children enrolled in Hyde & Seek creches are seeking to take legal action against the childcare provider, following co(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone and AAI chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon: legislation would make the authority the custodian of these sensitive adoption records.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Up to 200 potential locations holding adoption files around the country have been drawn up in a draft document by the Adoption Authority of Ireland (A(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin called for  a separate department of higher education and research during a speech at an Irish Universities Association event. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin has called for the creation of a department of higher education and research that would be separate from the Departm(...)

Retired education professor Áine Hyland said “substantive issues relating to education were almost never brought to the attention” of the Tusla board.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

A Tusla board member resigned one year into her three-year term, complaining that her views and expertise had been rejected, leaving it “impossible fo(...)

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(...)

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