Frances Byrne

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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(...)

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(...)

Anne-Marie Lally and daughter Lucy (4) on their return to the Little People Creche in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Mark Hilliard

The vast majority of creches reopened their doors on Monday morning in line with Covid-19 predictions but capacity at facilities is thought to be at a(...)

Demand in the autumn may be lower than pre-coronavirus because of job losses among parents, or more flexible working. Photograph: iStock

Doubt has been cast on the capacity of childcare providers to cope with possible demand when crèches reopen next week. As the Covid-19 Dáil committee(...)

Childcare facilities will need to bring in social distancing and other safety measures before reopening on June 29th. Photograph: Thierry Roge/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty

Representatives of the childcare sector have warned they will not be able to open on June 29th unless the Government makes a decision this week about (...)

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(...)

Irish parents pay among the highest fees in the OECD, while wages in the sector remain comparatively low. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/ PA Wire

The body representing creche owners is urging that wage subsidies enacted during the Covid-19 crisis be extended once the emergency passes in an effor(...)

Créches and other childcare operations which operate on a part-time basis and usually cease operations over Easter will not receive their usual state subsidy funding.

Representatives of créche owners have criticised delays in the roll-out of the State’s new childcare subsidy scheme, which will see fees for parents w(...)

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs provides more than €600 million a year for early childcare schemes, much of which is paid to creches by way of schemes like the Early Childhood Care and Education.

Concerns have been raised that some childcare workers were “thrown under the bus” and laid off last month by employers who still had State subsidies i(...)

A closed shop in Malahide during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Alan Betson

Employers who temporarily lay off workers because of coronavirus will not be refunded for paying them anything over and above the new Covid-19 unemplo(...)

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