Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has issued the strongest signal yet that next week’s budget could include measures to help families with the cost of childcare.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has issued the strongest signal yet that next week’s budget could include measures to help families with the cost of childcare. (...)

Afterschool workers in the south-inner city, Liz Duffy, Deirdre Smyth and Linda Blood with parent Tessa Meade, who are concerned about the changes to the National Childcare Scheme. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Thousands of the State’s poorest children face losing after-school places because of changes to the new National Childcare Scheme (NCS) which “effecti(...)

 Steve Goode,   manager of two childcare centres in Limerick. His  centres have already had to cope with the loss of about €40,000 of State funding after being found ‘non-compliant’ over attendances. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Two childcare centres in Limerick city that serve one of the most disadvantaged areas of the State are already “running right at the edge”, says their(...)

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(...)

Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe with RTÉ Radio 1’s Sean O’Rourke: Budget 2020 delivers increases in the number of subsidised childcare hours available to most families. Photograph: Kinlan Photography

A broad welcome for increased childcare entitlements was offset on Wednesday by disappointment among childcare workers and some lone parents following(...)

The group has called for subsidised childcare to be extended from 40 to 45 hours per week for children in full time childcare and from 17.5 to 23 hours for children in after school care. Photograph: iStock

Any form of tax cuts within the 2020 Budget would be inappropriate and result in the loss of vital revenue for childcare and services for people on lo(...)

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(...)

Minister for Children  Katherine Zappone: ‘No one will lose out, especially those at the lower end of the income scale, as we transition to the new scheme.’ Photograph:   Eric Luke

The poorest families will not “lose out” as a raft of childcare supports are phased out later this year, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has p(...)

‘I am already totally stretched financially. Where am I going to find an extra €400 a month? I’ll have to give up work,’ says one single mother. Photograph: iStock

Some of the “poorest single parents” could be forced to give up work as changes to the subsidised childcare programmes, due to take effect from Octobe(...)