Month: April 2024

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Policy in Action 30 April 2024

Oireachtas report Several important issues concerning the Early Years and School Age Care sector have been raised in the Dáil recently. These include: Quality in Early Years (EY) and School Age Care (SAC) Core Funding Quality Action Plan Report due by 28 July 2024: Core Funding Partner Services will be required to complete and submit

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Annual Monitoring Report for Nurturing Skills 2023

The Annual Monitoring Report on the Implementation of Nurturing Skills, 2023 has just been published. Nurturing Skills, the workforce plan for the Early Years (EY) and School Age Care (SAC) sector, aims to improve qualification levels, create professional development pathways and promote careers in the sector. The annual monitoring report focuses on the main achievements

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Women more likely than men to be in low paid jobs

Women more likely to be low-paid . Women in both Ireland and Northern Ireland were consistently more likely to be low-paid compared to men, according to a new study published as part of a research programme between the Department of the Taoiseach’s Shared Island Unit and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). The report,

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Policy in Action 23 April 2024

The Fawcett Society in the United Kingdom has just published Transforming Early Childhood Education and Care: Sharing International Learning Part 2. This report is part 2 of a project which examines five other countries and territories, all of which have undergone significant reforms to their Early Years systems and considers them in relation to the

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Press release: ‘The power of pyjamas!’ Over €285,000 raised for autism support and eco-education initiatives on 20th anniversary of National Pyjama Day

Tuesday, 23 April 2024 ‘The power of pyjamas!’ – Over €285,000 raised for autism support and eco-education initiatives on 20th anniversary of National Pyjama Day Early Childhood Ireland has today announced the total amount raised by children across Ireland as part of their 20th National Pyjama Day. Over €285,000 (€287,611.52) was donated to two child-centred

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Policy in Action 16 April 2024

In recent months, the Tusla Early Years Inspectorate has provided a number of regulatory notices and updates which have sought to make implementation of the regulations more straightforward and flexible, and provide transparency and accountability to the inspection process. These changes are often flagged for providers on the Tusla Early Years Inspectorate website, along with

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International Perspectives on Early Years -part four

A report by the UK Government, released 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 part three of our review, we looked at what the report says on curriculum and pedagogy, and in this final

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Press Release – OWLET: Lullabies of the World

Lullabies from around the world help to foster inclusion and celebrate multilingualism in Early Years settings nationwide . Thursday, April 11, 2024 1,250 Early Years settings caring for babies and young children aged from birth to 2-years all over Ireland will this week receive the gift of an illustrated children’s book of lullabies in a

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International Perspectives on Early Years – part three

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 part two of our review we looked at what the report says on the

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Policy in Action 9 April 2024

At least 80 per cent of workers should be covered by collective bargaining agreements and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) should move on a phased basis to a “genuine living wage,” according to a recent report published by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). In the report, Challenging myths and improving working conditions in

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