In this week's Scéalta blog post, guest author Sarah O'Leary discuss the experience and effect of developing mixed age group rooms in their setting.

As part of our work to support members in implementing GDPR, we have prepared some case studies which may be helpful for you in handling different scenarios in your service.

In this week's update, we look at the 2018/2019 DCYA programme funding rules, and our question of the week covers outing consent forms.

As part of our advocacy work on behalf of members, we’ve been looking at official statistics. There were 62,053 babies born in Ireland last year.

The DCYA recently announced that over 200,000 children now avail of governmental childcare schemes. This includes 119,000 children taking part in the ECCE programme.
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Visit the ECI Scéalta Blog, where you will find a variety of posts consisting of short reflections and articles about children’s experiences in early childhood settings using emergent, play based curricula.

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