Hayes Noirin

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Ida Lane with children at Treasures Montessori in Wicklow town. Photograph:  Garry O’Neill

‘Sand,” says Jamie (4). “I like to play in the sand. And we pick up the pebbles in the garden and then we count them. I like that, too.” Jamie was no(...)

 Nóirín Hayes: “It’s almost like saying we will build hospitals and people who are sick can go there and they’ll be fine – and we haven’t got any of the equipment, and we haven’t got the trained personnel but sure we’ll mind them.” Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The Government’s plan for a second free preschool year for children is “ill-thought through and deceptive” and misses the real investment needs of the(...)

Journalist and author Victoria White tells delegates at a childcare conference that  parental leave should be extended to 18 months. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Journalist and author Victoria White has said parental leave should be extended to 18 months because she believed children who went to creche did not (...)