Marian Quinn

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Many children are likely to feel anxious about returning to school after six months out of the classroom. Photograph: iStock

Crisp new shirts, smudge-free copies and a belly full of butterflies are the key ingredients for that first day back to school. This year, however, t(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Representative organisations have reported subdued levels of interest in the scheme amid fears over the impact on insurance. Photograph: iStock

Concerns are mounting among childcare providers over risks they may face if they take part in the Government’s new Covid-19 scheme for front-line heal(...)

Healthcare staff will have to pay €90 per week for childcare to facilitate them going to work. File image.

Childcare providers have been told they will not be insured for Covid-19-related claims if they take part in the Government’s new childcare plan for f(...)

Siptu called for access to a fund usually dedicated to assisting the establishment of non-profit childcare operations. Photograph: iStock

Creches facing financial pressure could receive fast-tracked financial support under proposals being considered by the Government. The development co(...)

One third of teenagers in Tallaght, west Dublin experience mental health difficulties and face a “major gap” in accessing services, according to new research commissioned by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI).

One third of teenagers in Tallaght, west Dublin experience mental health difficulties and face a “major gap” in accessing services, according to new r(...)

 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(...)

Karen Clince operates a ratio of one staff to 11 schoolage children

Who’s going to foot the bill? That’s the issue around which battle lines are being drawn as regulations come in for the first time for care of childre(...)

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