Month: March 2024

News

International perspectives on Early Years – part one

A report by the UK Government on international perspectives in Early Years, published last year, looks at the aims and purposes of Early Years provision in an international context. It also reflects on where England is within the international context. In this first part in a series of four, we look at what the report

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Policy in Action 26 March 2024

Oireachtas This week, we look at the work of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and its importance for Early Years (EY) and School Age Care (SAC) provision. Oireachtas Committees advise the Houses of the Oireachtas on a range of specific areas. They may consist of members of the Dáil

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257,000 children in Ireland are living in enforced deprivation

257,000 children living in enforced deprivation Over 250,000 children in Ireland are living in enforced deprivation, according to the latest Survey of Income and Living Conditions (SILC 2023) published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) is the official source of data on household and individual income and

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Policy in Action 19 March 2024

As part of Early Childhood Ireland’s policy monitoring work, we examine the implementation of key plans and commitments including those in Nurturing Skills: The Workforce Development Plan for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare and Partnership for the Public Good on an ongoing basis. Recently, a report focusing on the Early Childhood Care

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OECD Working Paper on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

A level playing field in Early Childhood education To create a level playing field in a child’s early years, all children should have equal access to high-quality learning and development opportunities, with additional resources being allocated to children experiencing disadvantage or their Early Years settings, according to a recently published working paper from the Organisation

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Making the News

Making the News: February’s Media Highlights

In the second edition of our new monthly feature, Making the News, we recap our media footprint around key events, including the launch of our Single Agency proposal and the Early Childhood Barometer 2024. In February, Early Childhood Ireland was featured in 12 web articles, 3 printed articles, and across 30 radio stations countrywide, including

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Policy in Action 12 March 2024

Early Childhood Ireland proposals are included in key Oireachtas report Early Childhood Ireland is pleased to see that our main recommendations and policy proposals for the Early Years and School Age Care sector (EY and SAC) have been included in the final report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth’s

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Press Release – Children’s Committee report a step in the right direction

Children’s Committee report on challenges facing the Early Childhood Care and Education Sector a welcome step in the right direction   Wednesday, March 6, 2024   Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the publication on Tuesday, 5 March 2024 of the Joint Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth’s report on the challenges facing the Early

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News

Using Children’s Rights to Recover from the Pandemic

Last week, the ‘Building Children’s Futures: Using Children’s Rights to Recover from the Global Pandemic’ project report was launched. This project was funded by the EU Commission and led by the Children’s Rights Alliance in partnership with the Department of Children Equality Disability Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), Tusla, and Children and Young People’s Services Committees

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Policy in Action 5 March 2024

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 Questions (PQs) that are relevant to the Early Years (EY) and School Age Care (SAC) sector. Recently, these have included: Early Childhood Ireland Policy Proposal: Single Agency for Early Years

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