The fourth meeting of the National Collaborative Forum for the Early Years Care and Education Sector, known as the Early Years Forum, took place in Dublin Castle yesterday, Monday, 24th July.

This week Support Point covers minimum enrolment numbers for ECCE, food safety training requirements, rules for DCYA childcare funding programmes and employees' annual leave and sick leave entitlement

June's award winning learning story comes from the Clare Family Resource Centre. In the story the children build their own Everest and investigate the things they would need to embark on the journey.

In this week's Scéalta Blog post Marian Quinn highlights the importance of having a "united professional identity ... one that parents, policy makers and society can understand and value."

This week's Scéalta Blog suggests that now is the perfect time to start thinking about your early years' environment in advance of September and to consider what opportunities it will provide.
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Early Childhood Ireland is a membership organisation which represents 3,500 early years settings, who support over 100,000 children & their families through preschool, afterschool & full daycare provision nationwide. Our work includes quality enhancement, publications, advocacy, training, business support & information for a sector that employs 25,000 people today.


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We are a membership organisation who provide a broad range of training, mentoring, information and advocacy services to better shape the systems, policies and practices that impact on the lives of young children.


Online Informal Síolta

We have developed an Informal Síolta programme which is being delivered online, with the aim of introducing the principles, standards and processes of Síolta so that educators are ready to engage with the Formal Siolta QAP.

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