Teresa Heeney

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The Government said it would “provide guidance to services on how to prioritise demand for places”. Photograph: iStock

Crèches and childcare facilities are operating a “tight balancing act” by trying to cater for essential workers but still adhering to the Level 5 publ(...)

After a meeting with the department on Friday early-learning representatives said the closure will also be extended to early childhood education and care facilities. File photograph: Getty

Closure of the pre-school programme will be extended until January 11th in line with primary and secondary schools. This latest move comes in an atte(...)

Chief executive officer of Early Childhood Ireland Teresa Heeney. Photograph: Garrett White

Labour turnover remains a problem in the early years workforce and specific policy goals are needed which “target and address” the issues of pay and c(...)

Figures on Monday showed there were no further deaths from Covid-19 but an additional 56 confirmed cases of the virus in the State. Photograph: Ander Gillenea / AFP

A surge in demand for Covid-19 tests has led to a slowdown in the State’s test and trace system, it has emerged. Turnaround times are also being impa(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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