staff shortages

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    There's a severe shortage of creche places for babies and toddlers as a result of the free childcare scheme for 3-5 year olds.

    The government funded scheme now caters for 120-thousand children a year more than double the 52-thousand 600 figure in 2009.

    According to the Irish Independent, parents are delaying their return to work after maternity leave because they can't find a creche place.

    CEO of Early Childhood Ireland Theresa Heaney says the biggest issue is staffing.