Regina Bushell

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Regina Bushell, Managing Director of Grovelands Childcare Plus Athlone welcomes Adam and Emily Kelly Lynam with mum Dervilia Kelly to Grovelands as they officially reopened for business after Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

When children arrive at Grovelands Childcare in Athlone on Monday morning, they will walk in through a miniature “castle” door – which doubles up as a(...)

Most full-time childcare providers are expected to reopen their doors to thousands of children today for the first time since mid-March. Photograph: iStock

Most full-time childcare providers are expected to reopen their doors to thousands of children today for the first time since mid-March. Childcare pr(...)

A spokeswoman for the Department of Children  defended the regulations and said funding is being provided to help childcare providers with any costs. Photograph: Getty Images

Half of the country’s childcare providers have still not provided vital documents to authorities which are needed if they are to reopen in the new yea(...)

A representative group said some smaller childcare facilities would require costly modifications or rebuilding work if they were to get fire certs. File photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

The Government has delayed the introduction of new fire safety regulations for creches amid concerns it could prompt the widespread closure of smaller(...)

According to the Department of Children,  85 per cent of school-age childcare services operate within the new 1:12 adult-child ratio. Photograph: iStock

Most school-age aftercare services will not be affected by new staffing rules which it has been claimed will result in steep hikes for parents, accord(...)

Valerie Gaynor with some of the pre-school children at Creative Kids & Co in Walkinstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Regina Bushell still remembers having to be brought in “kicking and screaming” on her first day at primary school, just a few weeks after her fourth b(...)

Seas Suas, the independent childcare and early education provider, has warned that more parents are turning to “unqualified, unregulated childcare options” because of the falling number of available crèche facilities. Photograph: iStock

Staff shortages and a lack of State funding is forcing childcare facilities and crèches to reduce their intake of babies and toddlers under two years (...)

The Affordable Childcare Scheme was announced in last year’s budget. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images.

A tender document for a delayed information technology system to administer the Government’s Affordable Childcare Scheme is 1,000 pages long, Minister(...)

Seas Suas, a new representative group for independent childcare providers wants ‘radical reform’ of early education and childcare services. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Childcare providers want the Government to temporarily reduce qualification standards for their employees in order to tackle a “staffing crisis”. Sea(...)

‘Government needs to support those caring for our youngest citizens’

Our children are being failed by a childcare system that is simply not fit for purpose. Parents, families, communities, the economy, and childcare (...)