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A family carer can nominate two people who will step into their caring role in the event of an emergency. Photograph: iStock

Cared-for vulnerable people will be looked after if their family carer experiences an unexpected illness or accident, under a new scheme being launche(...)

Plans for the review, which is expected to be completed at the end of 2021, will be brought to Cabinet by Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government is to initiate a wide-ranging review of the “fragmented” childcare sector that will pave the way for the introduction of a new childcar(...)

Three-quarters of parents say back-to-school costs are a financial burden, according to a survey last year by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU). Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

Parenting while working from home in a pandemic has been fun. But with any luck, this 18-week long play date is coming to an end, as children return t(...)

Household deposits rose by €3bn  in April, followed by growth of €1.5bn  in May, according to Central Bank figures. That is the biggest increase since records began in 2003

Our reaction to shock is fight, flight or freeze, psychologists say. When it comes to our spending, the pandemic’s upending of life as we know it has (...)

Early Childhood Ireland says major questions over costs will arise due to potential measures that would fundamentally change how childcare facilities function. Photograph: iStock

The Government must issue guidelines on how creches can adapt to coronavirus by early next month if the sector has any chance of opening on time, a re(...)

HSE chief executive Paul Reid pictured on Sunday. HSE has proposed that staff experiencing childcare difficulties could be offered a range of flexible and working arrangements. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA

Healthcare staff will have to pay € 90 per week for childcare to facilitate them going to work under a new Government scheme. Minister for Children K(...)

The average household spent an additional €122 on groceries during the four weeks to March 22nd. Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 has turned household spending on its head. Shops are running out of things that, in recent times, we rarely purchased (yeast, anyone?).Other (...)

The Department of Education: the report on young Travellers from birth to age 24 is the fourth in a series drawing on data from the CSO, the Department,  the All Ireland Traveller Health Survey and Pobal. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Traveller babies are three times more likely to die in their first year than infants in the settled population, while later in childhood they are twic(...)

The sad truth is that, in the Irish jobs market, our boys will get paid more per hour than our girls. Photograph: iStock

“Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’,” goes Dolly Parton’s anthem. What a way indeed, especially if you are a woman. When it comes to pay, pro(...)

Once removed from the register of early years services a provider must close and will no longer receive public funding. Photograph: iStock

Two childcare providers in the east of the country have been issued with deregistration notices and both may have to close next month. The Oblate Fat(...)

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