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#Childcare

From TheJournal.ie Cabinet approves tougher sanctions on childcare providers Childcare

Cabinet approves tougher sanctions on childcare providers

The draft legislation aims to increase powers to close or impose higher fines on centres not complying with regulations.

From TheJournal.ie Qualifications in centre-based childcare 'relatively low' Under-qualified

Qualifications in centre-based childcare 'relatively low'

An ESRI survey showed that 60% of children at nine months are still cared for by parents.

From TheJournal.ie Creche reports 'out of date' says Early Childhood Ireland Creches

Creche reports 'out of date' says Early Childhood Ireland

The childcare representative group says that there needs to be clear distinctions between minor and major non-compliance.

From TheJournal.ie HSE begins publishing pre-school inspections Childcare

HSE begins publishing pre-school inspections

The reports for childcare facilities in the Limerick area are now online and HSE will continue on ‘county-by-county’ basis.

From TheJournal.ie €2.75m childcare grants a 'drop in the ocean' of investment needed Children

€2.75m childcare grants a 'drop in the ocean' of investment needed

Some of the grants are being used to provide outdoor spaces for children to play in, in order to tackle obesity.

From TheJournal.ie Childcare providers who breach regulations could be fined €100,000 Children

Childcare providers who breach regulations could be fined €100,000

An amendment bill tabled by Fianna Fáil would see the fines being brought into place.

From TheJournal.ie HSE: 'Creche breached child-adult ratio - we marked it compliant by accident' Childcare

HSE: 'Creche breached child-adult ratio - we marked it compliant by accident'

An inspection report handed to parents whose children attend a Dublin creche identified breaches of child-adult ratios yet marked the facility compliant. The HSE said this was an “administrative error”.

From TheJournal.ie Crèche inspection reports to be put online from next month Childcare

Crèche inspection reports to be put online from next month

Frances Fitzgerald has outlined plans to change the childcare regulation system following RTÉ’s exposé last month.

From TheJournal.ie Minister to be quizzed on childcare concerns INspections

Minister to be quizzed on childcare concerns

Also attending the meeting will be the CEO of the Child and Family Support Agency and representatives from Early Childhood Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Child (3) escapes creche and walks towards home alone in Dublin Child Escapes

Child (3) escapes creche and walks towards home alone in Dublin

Gardaí found the toddler in the Foxdene estate near the Balgaddy Road, close to where he first went missing.

From TheJournal.ie Burton: "Questions to be asked" about privatisation of creches Childcare This post contains videos

Burton: "Questions to be asked" about privatisation of creches Exclusive

In an exclusive interview with TheJournal.ie, the Minister said that some parents are leaving their jobs because of the cost of childcare.

From TheJournal.ie Better qualified staff and robust inspections in new pre-school agenda Childcare

Better qualified staff and robust inspections in new pre-school agenda

The new ‘Pre-school Quality Agenda’ will ensure action is taken in response to findings of non-compliance.

From TheJournal.ie Dads in Sweden staying home so mammies can go to work Househusbands

Dads in Sweden staying home so mammies can go to work

The country’s generous 16-month parental leave can be taken by either parent.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland is missing targets on the provision of childcare Childcare

Ireland is missing targets on the provision of childcare

Figures from the EU statistics agency Eurostat show that fewer young children in Ireland are being cared for in formal structures.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should a second free pre-school year be included the next budget? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should a second free pre-school year be included the next budget?

Minister Frances Fitzgerald has ruled it out, but do you think she should change her mind?

From TheJournal.ie Lisa McInerney: Caring for children is a tough job - so why don't we value it more? Opinion

Lisa McInerney: Caring for children is a tough job - so why don't we value it more?

Childcare is more of a vocation than a 9-to-5 – but many workers are still underpaid and underqualified, writes Lisa McInerney.

From TheJournal.ie HSE director 'sorry' for not putting creche reports online A Breach Of Trust

HSE director 'sorry' for not putting creche reports online

“I apologise for that…It was in a queue of things to happen. It was resource-restricted. It will happen now.”

From TheJournal.ie In letter to parents, creche 'does not accept general thrust' of RTÉ footage Little Harvard

In letter to parents, creche 'does not accept general thrust' of RTÉ footage

Little Harvard has defended itself in a letter sent home with children who attend its five creches this week in the wake of the ‘A Breach of Trust’ programme.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas Health Committee to meet HSE on creche issues Children

Oireachtas Health Committee to meet HSE on creche issues

They will join childcare organisations in speaking about the findings of the RTÉ undercover footage of three creches in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Nationwide JobBridge ban for creche chains featured in RTÉ programme JobBridge

Nationwide JobBridge ban for creche chains featured in RTÉ programme

The Department of Social Protection says no interns have been sent to the creches involved, and none will be.

From TheJournal.ie McDonald criticises JobBridge's 'no experience required' childcare positions Childcare

McDonald criticises JobBridge's 'no experience required' childcare positions

A number of internships advertised on the site require only secondary level qualifications.

From TheJournal.ie Van Turnhout "not convinced" HSE equipped to respond to parental concerns Childcare

Van Turnhout "not convinced" HSE equipped to respond to parental concerns

Senator Jillian Van Turnhout said that the amount of GDP Ireland spends on preschool care and education compared to other European countries is “stark”.

From TheJournal.ie The Evening Fix... now with 300 extra Kate Bushes Need To Know

The Evening Fix... now with 300 extra Kate Bushes

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

From TheJournal.ie Did you miss the Prime Time creche expose? Here's what happened A Breach Of Trust

Did you miss the Prime Time creche expose? Here's what happened

With RTÉ not making the programme available to view again, TheJournal.ie presents an in-depth recap of the programme for those who missed it.

From TheJournal.ie Garda investigation into alleged child abuse following RTÉ documentary Childcare

Garda investigation into alleged child abuse following RTÉ documentary

Frances Fitzgerald says both the Gardaí and the HSE are investigating the footage broadcast on Prime Time last night.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach on creche controversy: ‘God knows what has happened in other locations’ Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach on creche controversy: ‘God knows what has happened in other locations’

Enda Kenny told the Dáíl this morning that the government needed to the get the provision of childcare in Ireland right.

From TheJournal.ie Fitzgerald “witnessed emotional abuse of children” in crèche footage Childcare

Fitzgerald “witnessed emotional abuse of children” in crèche footage

The Minister said that the undercover footage “would strike horror into every parent watching”.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Are you worried that mistreatment of children in crèches is more widespread? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you worried that mistreatment of children in crèches is more widespread?

Last night’s shocking revelations in RTÉ’s Prime Time programme have brought the issue of treatment of children in Irish childcare facilities into the spotlight.

From TheJournal.ie Anger as RTE Prime Time shows mistreatment of creche children A Breach Of Trust

Anger as RTE Prime Time shows mistreatment of creche children

The programme which aired last night showed staff aggressively handling children, shouting at them, and leaving them in high chairs for long periods.

From TheJournal.ie RTE Prime Time creche investigation to air tonight A Breach Of Trust

RTE Prime Time creche investigation to air tonight

The station has promised parents it will only broadcast the programme once and it will not by uploaded to the RTE Player.

From TheJournal.ie Childhood professionals concerned about RTÉ doc revelations Childcare

Childhood professionals concerned about RTÉ doc revelations

The Assocation of Childhood Professionals have called on the government to work with its members to achieve quality in care.

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Thursday Take 5

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

From TheJournal.ie HSE and Gardai investigating creches after RTE exposé Childcare

HSE and Gardai investigating creches after RTE exposé

“Nightmare situation” for parents as RTE uncover possible mistreatment of children in Dublin creches.

From TheJournal.ie 500 subsidised childcare places come online Childcare

500 subsidised childcare places come online

A total of 6,000 places will be available when the scheme is implemented in full.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar comments on childcare a 'throwback to the 19th century' Childcare

Varadkar comments on childcare a 'throwback to the 19th century'

The Transport Minister said earlier this week that women would have to quit their jobs if they earned less than the childcare expenses.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The cost of childcare is already forcing some parents to give up their jobs Opinion

Column: The cost of childcare is already forcing some parents to give up their jobs

Enda Kenny’s attempt to reassure women over the insolvency controversy does not go far enough, writes Irene Gunning, who says without any form of subsidy, supports or tax relief, childcare costs are borne fully by parents, limiting job options.

From TheJournal.ie Childcare costs leave parents struggling to pay household bills Childcare

Childcare costs leave parents struggling to pay household bills

A survey has shown that costs are also preventing many parents from taking up employment.

From TheJournal.ie Cork crèche closes after toddler found with a ‘probable’ case of E. coli Cork

Cork crèche closes after toddler found with a ‘probable’ case of E. coli

The crèche is closed as a precaution to prevent the spread of the infection.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should government fund a national childcare scheme? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should government fund a national childcare scheme?

Do we need to give parents more time for business pursuits?

From TheJournal.ie Column: Childcare is the main obstacle for women getting into business Opinion

Column: Childcare is the main obstacle for women getting into business

If we want more women to become entrepreneurs and help rebuild the economy, then a national childcare scheme is needed, says Sarah Nic Lochlainn.