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Childminder Aideen McCormack in Ennis, Co Clare. 'As a Tusla-registered childminder, I can tell you that the current system does not cater for childminding.' Photograph: Eamon Ward

A solitary file sitting on a shelf in the Childminding Ireland office is symbolic of the starting point for an inevitable wave of change that is going(...)

Parents are losing out on childcare subsidies if the creche they are using is not among the 86 per cent of providers who have signed up for the More A(...)

In European terms, Ireland has come very late to investing in the care and education of children under four.

Step through the door of your local creche or pre-school centre and you are walking into an uneasy relationship between the private sector and the Sta(...)

Entitlement to the free pre-school programme is to be expanded from September 2018 to two free years for children aged at least two years and eight months. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said she was “confident” the early childhood sector would be able to provide enough child places to allow a fu(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Kyle Kearney (8) from Ballyfermot, Darius O’Reilly (4) from Clontarf, Finn O’Connor (4) from Smithfield and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone at the launch of the national awareness campaign ahead of extra childcare supports starting next month. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government’s scheme for subsidising childcare must be supported by up-to-date systems to allow easier access for parents, an industry group has wa(...)

Teacher Joanne McCrudden from Naíonra Preschool Grian na nÓg in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, participating in the Kids Active programme with her class. Photograph: Alan Betson

For a few moments all the small children in the class are astronauts, bending their knees to strap up their moonboots, pressing the buttons under thei(...)

The scheme will apply to children under five and will see the State make a direct payment of €110 per week per child to childcare providers. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Children living in emergency accommodation are to be offered 25 hours a week of free childcare, the Minister For Children Katherine Zappone announced (...)

Some childcare providers in the State are taking out bridging loans to pay their staff because their financial situations are so precarious, an Oireachtas committee has heard. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Some childcare providers in the State are taking out bridging loans to pay their staff because their financial situations are so precarious, an Oireac(...)

A report looked at the financial models of more than 400 private and community childcare facilities and found 70 per cent of their costs was made up of wages and on average, they operated on a breakeven basis. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, has said she makes no apology for focusing on low-income families when considering childcare subsidies in the(...)

There will be a drop in quality and availability of child care if the Government does not address a “crisis” in the industry in the upcoming Budget, Early Childhood Ireland has warned.

There will be a drop in quality and availability of child care if the Government does not address a “crisis” in the industry in the upcoming Budget, E(...)

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