There are approximately 4,600 childcare providers in the State, most of which are small, standalone operations providing care for 11-22 children.

Creches are having to pay higher wages to staff because of shortages, which is creating pressure for higher charges to parents, the group representing(...)

‘Fee freezes announced in the budget will do nothing to incentivise capacity growth.’ Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty

The childcare system in Ireland is reaching breaking point with waiting lists of up to 12 months in some cases. More capacity is urgently needed but, (...)