National Pyjama Day 2023

Month: January 2024

Resources to support Adventurous Play

In her recent podcast, Niki Buchan mentions several Adventurous Play resources that can be used to support educators in the Early Years and School Age Care sector, as they plan to introduce experiences like real tools. These sample benefit risk assessments will help educators identify the benefits of a proposed activity, as well as any

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Policy in Action 30 January 2024

In Policy in Action this week, we examine a recent Irish Times article addressing closures in Early Years settings (available here to publication subscribers). This article features our Director of Policy, Frances Byrne, and Early Years provider and long-time member Louise Kilbane. This piece is an excellent example of how our media and policy teams

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Children’s human rights approach

Earlier this month, the Scottish Government released guidance on taking a children’s human rights approach. The document was developed to provide information and resources to support public authorities and other organisations in implementing a children’s human rights approach. The guidance covers the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the UNCRC (Incorporation)(Scotland)

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AIM: End Of Year Three Evaluation Report

Last week, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) published the End of Year Three Evaluation Report of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM). The independent evaluation, undertaken by the University of Derby, involved almost 2,000 stakeholders – parents, educators, providers and representative groups. The Report The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

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Policy in Action 23 January 2024

Early Childhood Ireland has called on the Government to reduce the consistent poverty rate for children living in Ireland from 7.5 per cent to 2 per cent over five years. This ambitious target is one of many proposals that Early Childhood Ireland has made as part of a recent submission to the Public Consultation on

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Case study on Early Years policy development in Ireland

This week, our Policy in Focus outlines the main recommendations from a recently published study entitled The Early Years Sector: A Case Study in Policy Development, written by Dr Fergal Lynch from the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, University Galway, who is also the former Secretary General of the Department of Children. Overview For

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Policy in Action 16 January 2024

Last week, as part of our continuing advocacy work, our team engaged with local media throughout the country by issuing our first press release of the year. We reiterated our call for a coherent 5-year plan for the Early Years and School Age Care sector and outlined how Government can address some of the main

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Reggio Children webinar five – Speakers information

This webinar series is part of The Reggio Children Project 2023, funded by National Pyjama Day, and I am pleased to announce that booking for the fifth session A Mosaic of Marks, Words, and Materials is now open. This exciting and interactive webinar is going to be a bit different to the previous sessions. It

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Policy in Action 9 January 2024

This week’s Policy in Action gives an overview of policy developments that are expected in 2024 for the Early Years (EY) and School Age Care (SAC) sector. Child Care (Amendment) Bill New legislation which proposes to give Tusla greater enforcement powers in its regulation of Early Years and School Age Care settings, and which removes

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Fawcett Society report: International Learning and Transforming Early Years

In December 2023, the Fawcett Society in the United Kingdom published its report Transforming Early Childhood Education and Care: Sharing International Learning Part 1. This background report is part 1 of a two-part project which examines five other countries and territories, all of which have undergone significant reforms to their Early Years systems and considers

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