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Lambkins Montessori in Dublin 18

Blackhorse Childcare in Dublin 7

Nan's Place Creche in Dublin 18

Tir Na Nog Preschool in Longford

Roscam Childcare Centre in Other Areas Of Galway

Funbugs Crèche, Preschool & After School in Naas

B4's Playgroup in Leixlip

Naionra an Chuilinn in Dublin 15

Ballybrack/Killiney Montessori Preschool in South County Dublin

Mi Casa Montessori Preschool in Dublin 15

Little Cherubs Montessori in Dublin 15

Cocoon Childcare Killiney in South County Dublin

The Nest Ardee Street in Dublin 8

The Nest Creche and Montessori in Dublin 9

The Nest Kinsealy in North County Dublin

Kids Klubs Montessori in Dublin 13

Kids Klubs Montessori in Dublin 5

Seatown Montessori in North County Dublin

Creative WinneToons in Dublin 11

Kids Inc. in Dublin 6

Kids Inc in Dublin 16

Woodhaven Montessori & Childcare Academy in Ennis

Giraffe Childcare in Dublin 4

Links Childcare in South County Dublin

Fitzwilliam Nursery & Montessori - Dublin 2 in Dublin 2

Ardenza Childcare in Blackrock

Crawford Childcare in Glanmire

Our World Montessori in South County Dublin

Small Wonders Montessori in North County Dublin

Links Childcare in West County Dublin

Links Childcare in North County Dublin

Links Childcare in Dublin 15

Chuckleberries in Dublin 24

Little Gems Montessori in South County Dublin

Little Harvard Creche and Montessori in Rathnew

Whitefriars Creche, Montessori & Afterschool in Dublin 8

Lollipop Lane Creche, Montessori & After-School in Tubbercurry

Coco's Childcare in South County Dublin

Care and Education Academy in Castlebar

Care and Education Academy in Claremorris

The Old Schoolhouse Montessori School and Naionra/Montessori in West County Dublin

Narnia Nursery School in Dublin 14

B's Babes in West County Dublin

Magic Days Creche & Montessori School in North County Dublin

Hyde & Seek Montessori, Naionra & Afterschool Club in Dublin 9

Hyde & Seek Creche and Montessori in Dublin 2

Hyde & Seek Creche and Montessori in Dublin 3

Glenageary Montessori School in South County Dublin

Little Rainbow's Creche & Montessori in Dublin 13

Head Start Preschool in Dublin 18

Little Angels Preschool @ Holy Family Kids Club in Ennis

Bubbles Montessori in Knocknacarra

Dalkey Park Montessori School in South County Dublin

Sunflower Playchool in Nenagh

Pathways Childcare in Douglas

Happy Tots in Dublin 5

Coco's Childcare in South County Dublin

Beechwood Childcare & Montessori School in Dublin 18

Punchestown AMI Montessori school in Naas

Scallywags Childcare in Fennagh

Magic Steps Ltd in Kinnegad

Cobblestone Cottage Creche & Montessori in Dublin 17

Cocoon Childcare Lucan in Dublin 22

Enquiring Minds Childcare in Clane

The Magic Roundabout in South County Dublin

The Toddler Inn in Dublin 7

Bright Horizons Drogheda in Drogheda

Clare Elizabeth Creche in Bray

Marian's Creche in Headford

BELINGUAL 'La Escuelita' in Dublin 13

Pixies Montessori & Playschool in Dublin 18

Kids Klubs Montessori And Full Day Care in Kells

Kids Inc. in North County Dublin

Grovelands Childcare in Tullamore

Grovelands Childcare in Mullingar

Little Harvard Creche and Montessori in Leixlip

Little Harvard Creche and Montessori in Dublin 14

Little Harvard Creche and Montessori in Dublin 14

Little Harvard Creche and Montessori in Leixlip

Little Harvard Creche and Montessori in Leixlip

Little Harvard Creche and Montessori in Dublin 15

Mother Hubbards in Navan

Mother Hubbards in Navan

Mother Hubbards in Dublin 7

Mother Hubbards in Dublin 15

Little Harvard Creche and Montessori in Bray

Tadpoles Childcare in North County Dublin

Grovelands Childcare in Athlone

Little Poppets Creche & Montessori in Kilcoole

The Oval Creche in Dublin 20

Angel Faces Creche in Enfield

Tiny Tots Montessori & Sycamore Afterschool in Dublin 18

Ashvale Creche in Wicklow

Hedley Park Montessori School in Dublin 2

Little Feat in Dublin 14

Giant Steps Pre-School in Dublin 18

Little Maples Creche & Pre School in South County Dublin

Coco's Childcare in South County Dublin

Grovelands Childcare in Athlone

ABC Montessori in North County Dublin

Connolly Childrens Centre in Dublin 8

Child's Play Creche in Newbridge

Wee Care Day Nursery in South County Dublin

ABC Creche in Dublin 1

Hansel & Gretel Playschool / Naionra and Afterschool Service in West County Dublin

Links Childcare in North County Dublin

NZone in North County Dublin

Buttercup Creche in Dublin 14

Buttercup Creche in Dublin 14

Lir Playschool in Delgany

Lir Playschool in Greystones

Aladdins Corner in Dublin 1

Bright Horizons at Swords in North County Dublin

Bright Horizons at Drogheda in Drogheda

Bright Horizons at Blanchardstown in Dublin 15

Bright Horizons at Balgriffin in Dublin 13

Bright Horizons at Nutgrove in Dublin 14

Bright Horizons at Leopardstown in Dublin 18

Little Ruggers Montessori in North County Dublin

Kidz Biz Day Nursery in Dublin 18

Carefree Days Creche & Montessori in Dublin 20

Carefree Days Creche & Montessori in Dublin 8

Jellystone Park Nursery in South County Dublin

Bright Horizons at Ashbourne in Ashbourne

Cocoon Childcare Celbridge in Celbridge

Cocoon Childcare Citywest in Dublin 24

Cocoon Childcare Santry in Dublin 9

Cocoon Childcare Longmile Road in Dublin 12

Cocoon Childcare Clonsilla in Dublin 15

Cocoon Childcare Sallins in Sallins

Cocoon Childcare Tallaght in Dublin 24

Cocoon Childcare Newcastle in West County Dublin

Cocoon Childcare Naas in Naas

Cocoon Childcare Kimmage in Dublin 12

Cocoon Childcare Balbriggan in North County Dublin

Cocoon Childcare Blessington in Blessington

Cocoon Childcare Artane in Dublin 5

EMSC Montessori Ltd in Letterkenny

Benbulben Creche Ltd in Sligo

Bellview Woods Childcare in Killarney

Model Farm Road Childcare in Cork

Glanmire Childcare in Glanmire

Feale Childcare in Listowel

Clonmel Childcare in Clonmel

The Crescent Creche & Montessori School in South County Dublin

Links Childcare in Dublin 3

Links Childcare in North County Dublin

Links Childcare in North County Dublin

Links Childcare in North County Dublin

Little Saints creche and Montessori in South County Dublin

New Beginnings Creche and Montessori in North County Dublin

The Playroom in Dublin 5

Puroga Childcare in Greystones

Chuckleberries in Dublin 15

Chuckleberries in Dublin 16

Chuckleberries in Dublin 24

Little Miracles Childcare in Cork

Little Rascals in Dublin 9

Giraffe Childcare in Dublin 18

Giraffe Childcare in Dublin 6

Giraffe Childcare in Celbridge

Giraffe Childcare in Dublin 14

Giraffe Childcare in Navan

Giraffe Childcare in Dublin 17

Giraffe Childcare in West County Dublin

Giraffe Childcare in West County Dublin

Giraffe Childcare in Dublin 22

Giraffe Childcare in West County Dublin

Giraffe Childcare in Dublin 12

Giraffe Childcare in Dublin 15

Giraffe Childcare in Dublin 15

Giraffe Childcare in Dublin 15

Giraffe Childcare in South County Dublin

Giraffe Childcare in South County Dublin

Giraffe Childcare in Dublin 2

Giraffe Childcare in Dublin 1

The Park Academy in South County Dublin

The Park Academy in Delgany

The Park Academy in Dublin 16

The Park Academy in Dublin 18

The Park Academy in Bray

The Park Academy in Dublin 16

The Park Academy in Dublin 18

Farran Montessori School A.M.I. in Ovens

Kid Kare in Donegal

Sharavogue Creche, Montessori & Junior School in South County Dublin

Cosykids.com in Dublin 12

Koala Childcare in South County Dublin



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August 2012

Joan Burton insists creches won’t be shut down by reforms
SOCIAL Protection Minister Joan Burton has insisted creches and preschools will not be shut down by her sick leave reforms.
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The five rules when choosing your childcare
While the price has got to be right, choosing the right crèche is of course about a lot more than just money. Irene Gunning, CEO of Early Childhood Ireland, says that by getting it right, you'll give your child the best possible start.
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Childcare costing families more than mortgage bills
And for families with two or more children, the bill for full-time care can easily top €2,000, whether you use a creche or a childminder. With the new school year looming, the cost of raising children is putting a huge strain on family life as tough decisions have to be made..
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Ratios and regulations: How crèches are controlled
Between day care, sessional and part time services, there are just over 4,300 childcare facilities regulated by the HSE.
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May 2012

Student Parents Protest Over Closure Of Crèche
ANGRY student parents of kids who attend a Southside crèche staged a protest against its closure last week.
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Changes To Ecce Staffing And Space/Area Ratios Effective From Sept 2012
From September 2012, new staff ratios will apply in respect of the pre-school session element of services for service providers participating in the ECCE Programme. This will also affect the space ratios and sanitary accommodation requirement.
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Managing Challenging Behaviour in Preschool
New service now available from Solamh.
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MyChildcare.ie gets a glowing review from EZineArticles.com
They started by saying "This well-designed site is bright, clear and user-friendly. It has a specific tab for parents, offering information on finding crèches, childcare advice, general parenting tips, and much more"
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Food Safety Warning From The Food Safety Authority
Food Safety Authority this week has urged crèche owners and childcare workers to ensure that they have robust foot hygiene processes in place.
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Jan 2012

Scrapping the ECCE Free Preschool Place being proposed
Public Expenditure Minster Brendan Howlin and his department are now considering a host of new cuts to services to the elderly and schoolchildren as well as the sale of State assets. Overview proposes that the €76m Early Childhood Care/Educational scheme (ECCE) and the National Childcare Investment Programme (NCIP) should both be abolished.
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Childcare Scam - Beware!
This story has been published on a number of social networks by a number of childcare bodies. We have been contacted by many childcare providers about this
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April 2011

'Exempt' pre-schools hit with rates bills of €20,000
CHILDCARE facilities are in financial turmoil because they are being levied with rates bills of up to €20,000 even though they were assured last year that they would be exempt. Childcare bodies yesterday called for an urgent meeting with the Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald after receiving hundreds of complaints from facilities being charged unaffordable rates.
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Nearly half of parents cut childminding hours in 2010
ALMOST HALF of parents have reduced the number of hours for which they are seeking childcare in the past year as a result of the recession, according to a survey.
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Childplay Still Top Of The Agenda
Two rival organisations, representing 80 per cent of the providers of centre- based childcare, have joined forces to ensure their voices are heard. Gone is the time when a child’s first day at school represented a tearful cutting of the apron strings. Now children generally arrive at primary level as confident veterans of pre-school, attuned to classroom routine and being part of a group.
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February 2011

Has the crash changed the creche?
Even during the boom the high price of childcare was a talking point among parents – how is the sector adapting now that parents are under increasing financial pressures? THE National Consumer Agency this month published a survey that found childcare costs can differ by almost €5,000 a year within the same area. The average price across all regions for a six-month-old baby was €191 a week, ranging from €155 a week in Sligo and Waterford to €233 in Swords, Co Dublin.
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Childminding grandparents must learn to say no
MOST GRANDPARENTS love their grandchildren and think having them in their lives is a great privilege. The recession has meant that more grandparents are being asked to become full or part-time childminders as many parents cannot afford formal childcare while they work. A report published in 2010 – Growing Up in Ireland – showed that 12 per cent of infants are cared for full-time by their grandparents, mostly their grandmothers, with 33 per cent of grandparents doing some childminding every week.
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Focus on Creche Fees
They were once an absolute necessity in many Celtic Tiger marriages; the creches where hard-working parents dropped their children each morning as they went off to work
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Pre-school workers key to identifying abuse
They were once an absolute necessity in many Celtic Tiger marriages; the creches where hard-working parents dropped their children each morning as they went off to work
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Look for better deal on creche fees, watchdog urges parents
PARENTS were yesterday urged to ask for cheaper childcare, after a new survey found huge variations in creche charges. Families are paying up to €14,000 a year for childcare for just one child, but there are huge variations in creche fees -- even in neighbouring areas.
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November 2010

Preschool raises morality levels, says study
CHILDREN WHO have the benefit of preschool are less likely to lie, cheat or steal as adults, a conference was told yesterday
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November 11th 2010

September 2010

In my opinion: Pre-school workers are getting a raw deal on pay
While the free pre-school year, which is available to children born between February 2, 2006, and June 30, 2007, under the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme, is positive and adds stability to the sector, it needs serious improvement if it is to succeed longer term and it must be off-limits to cuts in the forthcoming budget
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September 8th 2010

"Free" pre-school costs add up
Parents say ‘optional’ extras should be free but many creches are adamant the scheme doesn’t cover their costs. This week children around the country are starting their free pre-school year in creches, playschools and naíonraí around the country but, judging by the online debate at least, the scheme is the source of some confusion and not a little controversy.
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September 1st 2010

August 2010

Super Nannies Save The Day
DEMAND for the services of nannies has "surged", according to a group which represents childminders. Bernie Griffiths, of Childminding Ireland, said: "We are getting calls from single parents who need help around the clock, working parents who are working longer hours, parents who are having to travel further for work and those who want a more economical deal."
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August 3rd 2010

Bill to vet childcare workers due by end of year, says Andrews
MINISTER FOR Children Barry Andrews says he will bring legislative proposals to Government by the end of the year to vet people who work with children for their suitability. The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) complained last week that the continued absence of the promised National Vetting Bureau Bill was having a hugely negative impact on organisations working with children.
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August 3rd 2010

July 2010

MyChildcare.ie Feature on NewsTalk with Sean Moncrieff
MyChildcare.ie make the national airwaves again, this time our parent coach Marian Byrne talks about babies and sleep. Marian references her section here on Mychildcare.ie at the end of the piece.
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July 29th 2010

April 2010

MyChildcare.ie Feature on Today FM on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show
MyChildcare.ie make the national airwaves again, this time a feature on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show as part of the "UpStarts" section of the program. Upstarts is where Ian and the guys on show the promote new businesses in Ireland and although we are up and running over a year now (since March 2009) they still thought we merited a mention. You can listen to the short clip here.
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23rd March 2010

March 2010

Call for vetting of childcare workers
CHILDMINDING IRELAND has called for the mandatory vetting of all people who work with children by the Garda following new figures showing just over half of its own members have been vetted. The survey, which was compiled by Childminding Ireland to coincide with the start of national childminding week, found 56 per cent of childminders registered with the organisation had completed Garda vetting. A further 17 per cent of childminders said they had applied for Garda vetting and were still awaiting a response
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23rd March 2010

HSE blasts creche for tough discipline
A CRECHE set up by an award-winning entrepreneur was criticised by the HSE for the use of harsh disciplinary measures which were deemed disrespectful and intimidating to children. A hard-hitting report by HSE inspectors revealed a series of concerns about Wilmot's Childcare in Annacotty, Co Limerick.
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15th March 2010

Recognition for best nurseries
New and recent Q&A for the ECCE. Children qualify in the year that they are aged three years and three months to four years and six months at 1 September. Interpreting this as generously as possible, this means that children born between 2 February 2005 and 30 June 2006 qualify in January 2010 and children born between 2 February 2006 and 30 June 2007 will qualify in September 2010. ( The upper age range is extended where children are developmentally delayed or where necessary to accommodate a school's admissions policy.)
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09 March 2010

February 2010

Recognition for best nurseries
THE Minister for Children, Barry Andrews, last night presented 16 childcare facilities from around the country with All Ireland Centre of Excellence awards. In the same week that health chiefs warned that one-third of childcare facilities were not inspected last year, as inspection personnel were diverted into dealing with swine flu, these 16 childcare providers were found to excel in the early-years care they offer.
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24th Feb 2010

Tighter childcare standards proposed
Under current regulations all residential centres are expected to vet staff working with children, although in 2008 one-third of centres did not comply with this requirement. The new programme would ensure no childcare provider could get a licence unless the person in charge was of “good character”.
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24th Feb 2010

Losing out on free pre-schooling plan
As Jamie Smyth reported (Home News, Irish Times, February 4th), it is welcome that the new Early Childhood Care and Education scheme will benefit 51,000 children this year. However, if, like my daughter, you were one of 18,000 children born in quarter three of 2007 you will not be be able to avail of the Government ’s “generous” new scheme in September 2010, despite being eligible to start primary school a year later.
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24th Feb 2010

Winners of the MYchildcare.ie competition announced!
The draw for the iBagsIt.com Trunki suitcases has been made and the winners are in. The draw happened in Puroga Childcare in Greystones and you can read all about it here. Read More...
15th Feb 2010

Concern at lack of childcare inspections
Health chiefs were last night warned that children must not be pushed down the priority list after the threat of swine flu was blamed for one-third of creches and childcare facilities remaining uninspected last year.. Read More...
15th Feb 2010

51,000 on list for free pre-schooling
PARENTS HAVE signed up 51,000 children to take part in the Government’s early childhood care and education scheme, which offers a year’s free pre-schooling. Under the scheme, all children aged between three years and three months and four years and six months on September 1st each year are eligible for a year of pre-schooling paid for by the State. Read More...
7th Feb 2010

January 2010

Want to get your way with childcare scheme? Get angry
I must admit I was enraged when I read the fine print on who would -- and would not -- get to go to preschool for free under the Early Childhood Care & Education scheme. My daughter, who turned five on January 10, is still in playschool. Yet, under the scheme she was too old to avail of free preschool. (To qualify, kids needed to be between three years, seven months and four years, ten months on January 1.)
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29th Jan 2010

In my opinion: New scheme opens up an early education to all
The significance of the Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) scheme, which is under way from this month, must not be underestimated. It is a ground-breaking development in the childcare sector and means that children in Ireland, regardless of their parents' income, are entitled to one year of pre-school education free.
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16th Jan 2010

Confusion over free pre-school scheme
PARENTS are still confused over their children's eligibility under the free pre-school scheme, it was claimed last night, writes John Walshe. The Children's Rights Alliance said it welcomed Minister Barry Andrew's decision to extend the registration period to January 29. However, it said some parents were still unsure about the scheme. Read More...
16th Jan 2010

Better plan required for early childhood
CHILDCARE PROVIDERS have called for a 10-year plan for the early childcare and education of every child in the State up to six years of age. Start Strong has welcomed the free pre-school year scheme which began for most three year olds yesterday, but it said that it should be part of a comprehensive early childhood care and education programme. Read More...
12th Jan 2010

Deadline extended amid slow response to free pre-school scheme
THE GOVERNMENT has extended the deadline for parents to sign their children up for a year of free pre-schooling amid complaints from childcare operators of a slow uptake for the flagship scheme. Minister of State for Children Barry Andrews said yesterday he would give parents an extra week to sign up for the early childhood care and education scheme and would treat late applications flexibly. He also rejected criticism from childcare operators, who have accused the Government of dropping the ball by failing to properly advertise the scheme, which formally starts operating on Monday.
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9th Jan 2010

December 2009

Creche attendance down among eight in 10 providers in 2009
THE number of children attending playgroups and crèches has dropped in almost eight in 10 pre-school services, according to a new survey by the Irish Preschool Play Association (IPPA). The main reason for the reduction in numbers is the decision by more than four in 10 parents to wait for a free preschool place under a new Government scheme due to start in January. The online survey, published yesterday, also found that of 500 IPPA members surveyed, 30% blamed job losses among parents for the fall-off and 23% said it was because parents could no longer afford childcare.
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30th December 2009

No shortage of places for free year of pre-school
THERE ARE more places available than there are children who have applied for the free year of pre-schooling, which starts in January, it has been confirmed. About 30,000 children born between February 2nd, 2005, and June 30th, 2006, are eligible for the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme, which replaces the early childhood supplement which was scrapped in the budget in April this year. It is the biggest pre-school childcare initiative ever undertaken in the State and will cost €170 million a year to run.
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30th December 2009

Free playschool places on cards
PARENTS of children born between March 1 2005 and June 30th, 2006 will be able to avail of one year's pre-school education free if the Government goes ahead with its Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) next January.
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11th December 2009

Thanks for being 1 in a million!
Since we launched 10 months ago we have had over a staggering 1,000,000 page views and over 70,000 visits! A million page views, thanks for your interest in MyChildcare.ie
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11th December 2009

New pre-school scheme begins
WITH THE free Pre-School Year Scheme in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) set to start in the new year the Wicklow County Childcare Committee has been offering parents advice. The scheme was announced as part of the last budget and is being introduced by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, with local work carried out by the Wicklow County Childcare Committee.
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9th December 2009

November 2009

Early childcare the 'best investment'
THE BEST long-term investment the Government could make to ensure Ireland’s economic recovery would be in early child-care and education, according to a new group of childcare advocates. The Start Strong network, which has more than 90 members including the Children’s Rights Alliance, Barnardos and the National Parents’ Council, was formerly the Irish Childcare Policy Network. It announced its “Children 2020” campaign yesterday, saying the current “patchwork response” to early education meant Ireland was “bottom of the league” of 25 OECD countries.
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29h Nov 2009

Parents Slow Uptake of Pre-School Scheme Adds to Mounting Problems With Government Scheme
In April 2009 the Government introduced the ECCE Pre-school scheme whereby a Childcare Provider must supply 3 hours of pre-school per day, 5 days a week, and 38 weeks of the year for a fixed fee of €64.50 for all children nationwide in the year leading up to a child going to primary school. This is due to take effect from January 2010. Doesn’t this sound and read like a fantastic idea ... well, look a little closer!
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26h Nov 2009

Child Benefit Allowance
The talk of cutting child benefit raises fundamental questions about the kind of society we want. Do we want to favour those who do not have children over those who do? With childcare costs at €1,000 per month in Dublin, do we want to force those women who are in paid employment to give up that paid work because they cannot afford to pay for childcare?
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24h Nov 2009

The Childcare Dilema
There are good and bad things associated with all types of childcare and so there is no obviously “best” choice to make. Properly run and accredited creches are always worth considering. One of the benefits of a creche is that all of the staff will have relevant childcare qualifications and the facilities must meet stringent standards as set down by the HSE. This gives many parents great comfort to know their child will be safe.
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24h Nov 2009

Child benefit proposals 'flawed'
The National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) has criticised proposals to alter child benefit payments, describing them as "fundamentally flawed". The organisation said the plan to create three different bands for the payments would force women out of the workplace, as it failed to recognise the cost of childcare incurred by families. "At a time when it is reported that €300 million has been lost in the deal to save Anglo Irish Bank, the obsessive focus by the Government on cutting Child Benefit as if it was the only source of savings at this critical time is unacceptable," said NWCI's head of policy, Orla O’Connor.
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24h Nov 2009

Budget 2010, The Countdown here on MyChildcare.ie
Most people are fearing, yet again, the worst budget in decades. With child benefit and the ECCE scheme taking centre stage we follow all the pre and post budget analysis here on MyChildcare.ie, focusing only on children, child benefit and childcare issues. Visit our new BUDGET 2010 SECTION here.
11th Nov 2009

Parents across income brackets fear worst
Paying social welfare recipients the most child benefit will create a disincentive to return to work, according to mother-of-four Niamh Kelly. Mrs Kelly and her husband Paul rely on social welfare since he was made redundant in the last year. Mrs Kelly, from Carlow, said the €738 a month they received in child benefit had been crucial to pay the bills. Under a three-tier system they were still likely to lose part of this, but it would also make it even more difficult to return to work, she said.
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11h Nov 2009

Parents across income brackets fear worst
Paying social welfare recipients the most child benefit will create a disincentive to return to work, according to mother-of-four Niamh Kelly. Mrs Kelly and her husband Paul rely on social welfare since he was made redundant in the last year. Mrs Kelly, from Carlow, said the €738 a month they received in child benefit had been crucial to pay the bills. Under a three-tier system they were still likely to lose part of this, but it would also make it even more difficult to return to work, she said.
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11h Nov 2009

Mums 'will be forced out of the workforce'
PARENTS warned yesterday that the three-tier child benefit system could force many mothers out of the workforce. They expressed alarm after Social and Family Affairs Minister Mary Hanafin mooted the idea -- stating that such a system could see every family in the country hit, with some losing up to half of their child benefits. Parents Against Child Unfriendly Budget (PACUB) said that Ms Hanafin's proposals would also decimate consumer spending, as families would have less cash.
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11h Nov 2009

Taking the tough decisions
Will Fianna Fail backbenchers vote for cuts in child benefit, and other deeply unpopular measures, knowing that many of them will not be re-elected next time around, an eventuality which could occur sooner rather than later if the Government fails to get its Budget proposals through the Dail? What a dilemma. Child benefit is only part of the bigger problem facing the Government, a microcosm of the mighty €4bn challenge.
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11h Nov 2009

Top earners face biggest cuts in child benefit plan
EVERY family will take a cut in child benefit under plans being considered to slash the social welfare bill in next month's Budget -- but the wealthiest will be hit hardest. The Irish Independent understands the basic rate will be reduced across the board, but lower-income families will get cash back to compensate them. Child benefit would be paid at three different levels -- one for low-income families and those on state benefits, one for middle-income households and one for high earners. Read More...
11h Nov 2009

Cost of raising a child up by 50pc in two decades
THE cost of raising a child jumped 50pc over the past two decades, a new study revealed yesterday, amid warnings against cuts to child benefit in the forthcoming Budget. The Barnardos' survey on raising children, the first study on the subject for 17 years, found that the cost of bringing up a child rose sharply during the boom years, from an average of €42 per week in 1992 to €64 per week today
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11th Nov 2009

Childhood happiness study puts Ireland top
THEY'RE forever under our feet and more often than not get under our skin, but Irish kids have come out tops in an international lifestyle study. They're healthier and happier than their counterparts in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the study of more than 20,000 11-15 year-olds
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11th Nov 2009

Hanafin indicates child benefit changes
Minister for Social and Family Affairs Mary Hanafin has indicated that three different levels of child benefit payments may be introduced. Speaking on RTÉ's The Frontline programme, Ms Hanafin said she accepted that social welfare payments would have to be reduced in next month's Budget, but she was trying to find savings without imposing too much hardship on people. The Minister said people on social welfare and on low incomes were identifiable and they would look to the Revenue Commissioners to identify higher income earners. Read More...
10th Nov 2009

New scheme means free pre-school places for 70,000
The big development in early childhood education in Ireland from January will be the provision of a year's free pre-school education to children. The Minister for Children Barry Andrews has promised that the free pre-school places at recognised centres will benefit around 70,000 children. The new scheme could encourage parents to send kids to primary school at an even younger age.
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10th Nov 2009

October 2009

A Message Received From An Unfortunate Creche Owner
We received an email this week on the back of the news article below (Nearly 80% of preschools are reporting fewer children on their books in the last 12 months). We felt that we had to publish this email as it paints a stark reality of the way the childcare sector currently is and just how difficult it is for some business owners to survive in the current climate.
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26th Oct 2009

Nearly 80% of preschools are reporting fewer children on their books in the last 12 months.
The IPPA have said half of the preschools questioned blamed the recession while 42% said parents were waiting for the introduction of the new preschool places in January (ECCE). You can watch the full news article from RTE National News here on MyChildcare.ie
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24th Oct 2009

School-age childcare places inadequate, survey finds
THE LACK of childcare for school-going children in Dublin city has been highlighted in a new report from the Dublin City Childcare Committee. It surveyed 168 providers of school-age childcare in the city and found that more than half of them had waiting lists for the 5,215 places they provided. Committee chairwoman Anne Conroy said the waiting lists were significant in many cases. "It wasn't just a waiting list of two or three. In lots of places they had 20 or 30 per cent of their number of places on their waiting list."
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17th Oct 2009

Report highlights childcare deficit
A new report on the provision of childcare for school-going children has found that there are waiting lists for more than half of the services in Dublin city. Dublin City Childcare Committee surveyed 168 providers of school-age childcare in the city. Schools were the biggest providers of after school services, followed by community groups and private operators.
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17th Oct 2009

Pre-school may be difficult to access in rural areas
OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE: PARENTS OF children in rural areas who are eligible for a year ’s free pre-school may have difficulties accessing a childcare provider participating in the scheme, Minister for Children Barry Andrews said yesterday. Speaking at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Mr Andrews said that the free pre-school year will benefit some 70,000 children in up to 4,200 pre-school services across the State.
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17th Oct 2009

Reduction in number of new childcare places
THOUSANDS OF new childcare places which were due to be created by next year will not come on stream despite record numbers of births in recent years. Under the Government ’s national childcare investment plan, a total of 50,000 childcare places were due to be created between 2006 and 2010.
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17th Oct 2009

Parents in shock as creche is shut down overnight
Distraught parents arrived at a creche early yesterday morning only to find a note on the door saying it was closed because of "unforeseen circumstances". The families, who had paid childcare fees and deposits in advance at the Angel Academy in Stillorgan, Co Dublin, are now seeking to recoup an estimated €24,000 from the owners of the business who could not be contacted last night.
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16th Oct 2009

Creche funds slashed by 90%
THE Government has slashed its promised investment in community creches by 90%. Just €11 million is to be spent by the Government on capital works at community creches next year – compared with the €125 million promised. The National Childcare Investment Programme announced in 2008 it would spend €125 million on capital projects at community creches in 2009, but by autumn, applications for just €85 million of grants were sanctioned by Pobal, who run the NCIP for the department.
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16th Oct 2009

September 2009

MyChildcare.ie Swine Flu Information Section Goes Live
We have compiled a collection of the most useful and important publications on Swine flu in preschools in one handy section for your reference. You can see it here
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16th Sept 2009

Information and advice on Influenza A(H1N1) for Childcare Settings and Parents / Carers
Influenza A(H1N1) has spread rapidly around the world and is thought to be highly infectious. It has already affected large numbers of people globally and will likely cause more severe illness and deaths than ordinary flu. Symptoms will probably be sudden and severe
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16th Sept 2009

Axe hangs over exemption for subsidised and free creches
EMPLOYERS who provide free or subsidised childcare facilities could be forced to tax it as benefit-in-kind. Currently, employees of some companies pay just half the normal childcare fees thanks to a company-financed creche. Employer-supported creches are currently exempted from charge as a benefit-in-kind because of section 120A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997.
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15th Sept 2009

Families to protest over child benefit
Families are to hold a protest march over the Commission on Taxation’s proposal to tax child benefit on Saturday, Setptember 19th. The march is being organised by the Protest Against Child Unfriendly Budget (PACUB) and Alliance Against Cuts groups and will start from Parnell Square North in Dublin at 1pm.
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7th Sept 2009

Commission: Child benefit should be taxable
The Commission on Taxation has recommended that the payment of child benefit be considered taxable income. The Commission says would ensure that families on lower incomes would still receive the full child benefit payment. It says child benefit should be considered taxable income.
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7th Sept 2009

To tax or to cut: it's just a mess for families
A Minister who accepts that the only priority is to make savings is not fit for office. It mustbe really tempting for the Government to cut and run right now. To take just one possible example from dozens, attempting to cut child benefit further will make tap-dancing on a minefield look like a benign hobby.
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7th Sept 2009

The Park Academy Training School opening to non Park Academy employees
With the increasing demands on Childcare providers to have to have all staff trained in order to meet HSE regulations and avail of the ECCE Scheme, The Park Academy are delighted to announce we are opening our training school to non Park Academy employees.
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3rd Sept 2009

August 2009

Swineflu (H1N1) in Preschools Kit Launched
With Swine Flu (H1N1) now classified as a Pandemic it’s yet another challenge for childcare providers in an already challenging climate. For the last couple of weeks Healthforce Limited, one of Ireland's top health and safety companies, have been working on a new service for childcare providers like you. It's called "Flu Stop for Childcare Providers" and is available right now.
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24th August 2009

11,000 parents object to “shameful” plans to axe child benefit
11,000 parents, grandparents, friends and supporters have now signed petitions set up by a voluntary group of parents calling on the Government to ‘leave child benefit alone’ as more hard-pressed families feel their voices are being ignored. The group says the measure, if implemented, will affect not just families on social welfare, but many low and middle income families who are also hurting as a result of the harsh measures in April’s supplementary budget.
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19th August 2009

Pre-school chaos threat as €170m plan snubbed
The government's new childcare plan is threatened with chaos. It was revealed today that one in six providers of childcare has not applied to take part in the new pre-school scheme. They claim the payments under the plan are too low and will drive them out of business.
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10th August 2009

Free childcare could cost us in the long term
A major leap forward for Irish children, or a yellowpack system being rushed in without sufficient planning or consultation? The 'free pre-school year' for children has been the subject of heated debate since it was announced in last April's Emergency Budget.
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10th August 2009

Pre-school qualification age to be lowered
The age range for qualification for the free pre-school year is being lowered. Children born on or between February 2, 2005, and June 30, 2006, are now eligible to enter the scheme in January next year.
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1st August 2009

July 2009

Free pre-school year to go ahead
The Government is insisting that the new free pre-school year will be implemented despite financial cutbacks.. Read More...
25th July 2009

June 2009

Pre-school needs to be classy for the ECCE Scheme
The free pre-school education, announced in the Budget, needs to be provided by well-qualified teachers. It seemed that one of the few positive things to emerge from the April budget was the announcement of a free pre-school year for three and four year-olds. The Government believes that this initiative, which commences in January 2010, demonstrates its commitment to children’s development while also laying the foundation blocks for a “smart economy”.. Read More...
30th June 2009

Child benefit to be taxed or means tested in January
CHILD BENEFIT is likely to be either taxed or means-tested from the beginning of next year, creating savings of up to €400 million, Minister for Social Affairs Mary Hanafin has said. She told The Irish Times that the cost of living was down and benefits had increased in recent times, so cutting basic welfare rates was one approach. Read More...
30th June 2009

Cash-strapped schools and Creches turn to charity for help
A leading charity is getting an increasing number of calls from schools and creches seeking financial help. Schools are being forced to ask St Vincent de Paul for funds during the recession, as Government funds are limited and parents can no longer help with school costs. Read More...
29th June 2009

How to invest in your child's education
It’s an expensive thing to put your child through private school and/or university, so the sooner you start saving, the better. The recent removal of a student from a fee-paying girls school in Dublin for non-payment of fees has thrown the difficulties people face in meeting the costs of education into sharp focus. Read More...
19th June 2009

Children to lose out on pre-school scheme in funding row
THOUSANDS of children could lose out on a year's free pre-school education because of a row over funding. Childcare groups have warned that creches will not sign up when the new pre-school scheme begins in January because the Government grant will not cover costs. Read More...
3rd June 2009

May 2009

Concern over free pre-school education scheme
A group representing pre-school providers has expressed concerns over the Government’s free pre-school education plan, which they say could cause a financial disaster in the sector. The scheme, announced in the supplementary budget, could put many care providers out of business resulting in the loss of facilities for parents and widespread redundancies, according to the National Association of Private Childcare Providers (NCPC). Read More...
28th May 2009

Living in a 'manny' state - Male childcare workers

The childcare industry is typically driven by females - should we accept this or try to correct such a gender inequality? Read More...
28th May 2009

Men Working in Childcare
The childcare sector in Ireland has the lowest representation of male workers in Europe -- less than one per cent. In this female-dominated sector, many children in childcare have no contact with men between 8am and 5pm. Read More...
28th May 2009

Childcare debate - Difficulties of our own making!
Even in the days of almost regal abundance childcare costs represented a significant difficulty for very many young, working families. Read More...
20th May 2009

The IFDCO - International Family Day Care Organization - Conference 2009 is being held in Ireland this July. As the presidency of IFDCO is currently held by Patricia Murray of Childminding Ireland it is being hosted in the University College Cork in Ireland from July 20th – 25th with the theme of ‘Celebrating Quality Family Childcare’. They are inviting international childcare professionals to join in what is scheduled to be an inspiration and highly informative conference with keynote speakers and seminar presenters traveling world over to join us.
20th May 2009

April 2009

Parents Plan a Nappy Protest!
The Taoiseach Brian Cowen will be faced with a deluge of nappies on May 18th from a group of parents protesting against plans to means test or tax children’s allowance from the beginning of next year.. Read More...
30th April 2009

Childcare costs 21% of parents' weeky wage

The average industrial worker spends over 21% of their gross weekly income on childcare, with costs ranging from €4.77 per hour to €12.70, a new survey from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has found. Read More...
28th April 2009

Parents Count Cost of Childcare Cutbacks
The free pre-school programme, which will replace the Early Childcare Supplement, starts in January 2010 and is expected to benefit 70,000 children every year. A grant will be paid to service providers who provide the programme. While the childcare supplement is being phased out, it remains unclear how the Government plans to change child benefit. Read More...
17th April 2009

Childcare supplement to be halved from the end of next month and abolished by end of year
Legislation to enact the social welfare changes contained in the Budget, including the controversial scrapping of the early childcare supplement, was published today by Minister for Social and Family Affairs Mary Hanafin. Read More...
17th April 2009

New Free Pre-School Year Initiative (ECCE) Helpline Opened
A helpline is in place from Monday, 20th April to answer queries from parents and childcare providers in relation to the operation of the new Scheme. Read More...
21st April 2009

New ECCE Scheme  - Frequently Asked Questions
The following is supplied by The Office Of The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Includes Questions From Childcare Providers and Questions From Parents. Read more...
21st April 2009

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