Month: May 2021

How to recruit, train and motivate well-qualified staff

On 3 March 2021, the European Commission launched a new report that investigates professionalisation in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector. The report is a product of the work of an expert group that was set up to offer a forum for the exchange of experience and best practice. Over a two-year period

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The Workforce Development Plan

The national early years strategy, ‘First 5’, includes a range of actions to improve the quality of Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC). The strategy recognises that the workforce is at the heart of quality and it commits to building “an appropriately skilled and sustainable professional workforce that is supported and

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Women and labour market equality: Has COVID-19 rolled back recent gains?

  A new report recently published by Eurofound investigates the evolution of gender disparities in the labour market over the last two decades, up to the COVID-19 outbreak. During this difficult period, Early Childhood Ireland has been monitoring research like this to understand the long-lasting impact of the pandemic on children and parents. Our aim

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Engaging while apart – Part 5

In an early learning and care setting, effective communication is the key to establishing and maintaining positive relationships with parents and families. Being mindful that some families may not have access to the internet, may have poor quality broadband or may not have English as a first language we need to ensure that our means

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Podcast – Wrapping up 2021

As we come to the end of the first full year of Early Childhood Ireland’s podcast, Milica Atanackovic, Research and Professional Learning Manager at Early Childhood Ireland takes over the mic from our usual presenter Máire Corbett to explore Máire’s thoughts on the episodes of the past year. She reflects on the way she hopes the podcast helps bring a practical application to current research and how values inform all aspects of how educators work.

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