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Month: February 2024

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Report: The State of Children in the European Union 2024

20 million children in European Union Member States are at risk of poverty or social inclusion, according to a new report, The State of Children in the European Union 2024, published by the UNICEF Office for Relations with EU Institutions, last week. Analysis of child well-being and progress in the European Union 2019-2024 UNICEF, a

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Policy in Action 27 February 2024

Yesterday, we released the Early Childhood Ireland Barometer 2024. Now in its seventh year, the annual Barometer – based on a national opinion poll conducted by RED C – revealed broad public support for access to Early Years and School Age Care for all children. It also highlighted that over half of adults are in

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Press Release – Early Childhood Ireland Barometer 2024

Overwhelming public support for children to have guaranteed access to high-quality, inclusive Early Years in their community – Early Childhood Ireland Barometer 2024   Monday, February 26, 2024: Over three quarters (76%) of the Irish public agree that every child in the country should be guaranteed access to high-quality, inclusive Early Years and School Age

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Policy in Action 20 February 2024

Public Consultation on the Draft Childminding Regulations In this week’s Policy in Action, Early Childhood Ireland looks at the recently published draft childminding regulations, which are out for public consultation from Thursday, 8 February 2024 until Thursday, 2 May 2024. The draft regulations have also been published in an easy-to-read summary here. The Need for

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New Early Childhood Ireland Explainers

Earlier this month, Early Childhood Ireland released our newest series of Explainers, focussing on Quality for Children. This series covers topics such as Aistear, Síolta, the Universal Design Guidelines, and the Reggio Emilia Approach. This week’s Policy in Focus will go through and summarise the Explainers in this series. Universal Design Guidelines The Universal Design

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Policy in Action 13 February 2024

Last week, Early Childhood Ireland launched our Policy Proposal, A Single Agency for the Early Years and School Age Care sector. Since 2019 Early Childhood Ireland has been advocating for a Single Agency for the Early Years (EY) and School Age Care (SAC) sector. We were successful in having this added to the Programme for

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Inequality in Early Years Education in England

The United Kingdom (UK) Government’s plans to provide 30 hours of “free childcare” in England “not only risk exacerbating inequalities, but also worsening the quality of education for all young children,” according to a recent policy briefing entitled ‘Inequality in Early Years Education’, published by the Sutton Trust. The 30 hours of free childcare scheme

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Policy in Action 7 February 2024

In this week’s Policy in Action, Early Childhood Ireland provides an update on Early Years (EY) and School Age Care (SAC) matters that have been raised recently in the Dáil. Oireachtas Update Early Childhood Ireland monitors the relevant work of the Oireachtas each week. Part of this work is to review Oireachtas debates and Parliamentary

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State of the Nation’s Children (2023)

Minister Roderic O’Gorman recently launched the 2023 State of the Nation’s Children (SONC) report. This report provides a comprehensive picture of the lives of children in Ireland, including key information on children’s health, behavioural and educational outcomes, and their relationships with their parents and their friends. The SONC report provides the most up-to-date data on

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