Month: May 2024

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4 Asks for Children

Early Childhood Ireland is calling for a radical new approach to Early Years and School Age Care by elevating this public good for children to the same status as primary education in Ireland. Research demonstrates that high quality Early Years and School Age Care experiences provide children with essential skills and capabilities that are vital

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Policy in Action 28 May 2024

Last week, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, launched Equal Start. The launch was attended by Early Childhood Ireland representatives, and there was much interest in Equal Start and what it will mean for children’s access to high quality Early Years (EY) and School Age Care (SAC). Equal Start Equal

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The Children’s Rights Alliance Child Poverty Monitor 2024

“The State needs to provide free or nearly free access” to Early Years and School Age Care to families experiencing disadvantage, according to the third annual Child Poverty Monitor published by the Children’s Rights Alliance, last week, which shines “a spotlight on the key areas where children and young people continue to experience poverty including

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Early Childhood in the Anglosphere

In Policy in Focus this week, we unpack a new book ‘Early Childhood in the Anglosphere – Systemic failings and transformative possibilities’ by renowned early childhood researchers Peter Moss and Linda Mitchell. The pair analyse the early childhood systems of seven anglophone countries, including Ireland, and highlight the similar features and what they call the ‘substantial shared failings’ of each. They

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Policy in Action 21 May 2024

Oireachtas Report . “Early learning and childcare is a public good” – Minister O’Gorman The funding model, “Together for Better, recognises early learning and childcare is a public good that demands more investment and more involvement by the State and a closer working partnership with providers with new responsibilities on both sides,” said the Minister

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‘New era for children’ – Childminding regulations essential step on path to fit-for-purpose Early Years and School Age Care system, Early Childhood Ireland

May 14, 2024: The proposed new Childminding regulations offer the chance for a new era in the Early Years and School Age Care of children in home-based settings and have the potential to finally recognise the significant role childminders play, Early Childhood Ireland has said. The organisation is speaking following its recent submission to the

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Consultation on the draft Childminding Regulations submission

Adult-child ratios for Childminding The introduction of an adult-child-ratio of one adult to four children (including up to two children under the age of two) has been recommended by Early Childhood Ireland in our recent submission to the public consultation on the Draft Childminding Regulations. It is one of several Early Childhood Ireland recommendations which

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Policy in Action 14 May 2024

In May, Early Childhood Ireland participated in a Tusla Consultative and Regulatory Support Forum. This forum is made up of organisations that provide support and advice to Early Years and School Age Care providers on the implementation of the Regulations. At this forum a number of interesting updates were provided by Tusla on their ongoing

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Making the News

Making the News: April Media Highlights

In the latest edition of Making the News, we recap our media footprint around key events, including the launch of Owlet: Lullabies of the World and the National Pyjama Day 2023 wrap-up and detail our recent opinion piece in the Irish Independent as well as our contribution to a feature piece in The Irish Times.

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Corporatisation and financialisation of Early Years in the UK

Earlier in 2024, Sara Harris, Amy Horton and Eva Lloyd published their paper Corporatisation and financialisation of social reproduction: Care homes and childcare in the United Kingdom. This paper looks at how financialisation and corporatisation of care homes and Early Years services in the UK has had a negative impact on both capacity and wages

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