The Parent's Guide to Choosing Childcare

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The Parent's Guide to Choosing Childcare


It is a big decision to give your small baby or child to another person to care for. It can be difficult to identify the best childcare for your child, and there are many issues you need to consider. This book, which is based on extensive research conducted on  behalf of the TÚSLA Early Years Inspectorate, aims to help you make an informed decision about your choice of childcare.

The book sets out four key questions, and helps you answer them in relation to your child and your own circumstances:

  • Will your child be safe? 

  • Will your child's health, welfare and development be supported?

  • Is the service well organised and managed?

  • Are the facilities and premises suitable for your child?

By answering these and other questions set out in the book, you will be able come to an informed decision about what is best for your child. 

Dr Sinéad Hanafin has been researching for almost 30 years and has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, reports and editorials. She is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and workshops: she has recently presented her work in Norway, Turkey and the United States. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Her passion for making research useful comes from her experiences of working in practice as a nurse, midwife and public health nurse; of working in academia as a lecturer and researcher and of working in policy as Head of Research at the Department of Health and Children for almost 10 years. This is her first book aimed at the general reader.

For 30 years, Peg Hanafin, businesswoman, and coordinator of a Second Chance Education Centre, took more than 60 children every year from disadvantaged families on holidays to the St Vincent de Paul Centres in Carne, County Wexford, and Birr Activity Centre, County Offaly. Peg was the instigator and coordinator of women’s groups on self-development for the Thurles area from 1995: these courses took education out into the rural parishes and provided educational and social opportunities for women. She holds a Diploma in the Psychology of Counselling, an Advanced Diploma in the Organisation of Community Funded Groups, and an MSc in Rehabilitation Counselling with the University of Illinois and the Tipperary Institute.

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