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Early Childhood Ireland, which represents 211 childcare providers throughout the north west, has condemned a one-month extension of the employment wages subsidy as ‘the latest example of piecemeal arrangements’ for the early-years sector. Early Childhood Ireland has 65 childcare members in Sligo, 36 in Leitrim and 110 in Donegal. Frances…

A major boost is on the way for the south Sligo town of Ballymote. It’s the planned opening of a new childcare and after-school facility in what was Fawlty’s public house on O’Connell Street in the town. Sligo County Council has granted planning permission for the change of use of…

A Sligo/Leitrim TD is calling on the government to back his party’s childcare proposals that include reduced fees, increased funding and better pay and conditions for staff. Sinn Fein Deputy Martin Kenny says that with the cut in the pandemic wage subsidy, higher fees, lower pay and the possible closure…

A leading North West based INMO official has claimed that the reported new plans for childcare for frontline health workers will do nothing for the vast majority of nurses and midwives.   The INMO’s Martina Harkin Kelly has strongly criticised the scheme, on the basis that many workers do not…

Local Childcare workers receive little pay and no holiday leave. These are just some of the issues highlighted yesterday when over 30,000 people protested in Dublin calling on the government to give more support for childcare sector workers. Many were calling on the government to make the sector a public…

Amid fears that aftercare costs for school children are set to rise, there are calls for government subsidies to help hard-pressed parents and childcare providers in the region. New regulations are due to come into force ahead of the new school year that will mean school-age childcare providers must have…

The new manager of the Donegal County Childcare Committee says the growing waiting lists for childcare places in the county is worrying. At present Donegal only has the capacity to deal with 62% of the population that are able to avail of the free pre-school year, which is from three…