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Articles of Interest November 2012

Articles of Interest November 2012

There have been numerous articles in the press recently on topics relating to children and the early childcare and education sector:

 

Minister Fitzgerald launches new Children’s Referendum Information Booklet

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD has today launched a new Children’s Referendum Information Booklet which has been produced by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs as part of its information initiative. This information initiative also includes a dedicated information website -www.childrensreferendum.ie

 

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Joan Burton keen to extend preschool scheme

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton wants the provision of free early childhood education extended for a second year.

At present more than 60,000 children take part in the scheme, getting one year of preschool care at a cost of €166 million per year, but Ms Burton has said she wants to extend the scheme to cover two years.

 

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Voters back means testing child benefit but against new charges

There is overwhelming support among voters for means testing child benefit, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll. However, the poll also reveals strong opposition to the Government’s plans to introduce a property tax and water charges next year.
It also shows Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton as the most popular of six high-profile Ministers whose satisfaction rating was measured in the survey. One of the issues on which Ms Burton will have to make a decision in advance of the budget is whether to try to make savings in the annual €2 billion bill for child benefit.

 

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Minister Fitzgerald publishes Survey on Young People’s Body Image

77% of participants ranking body image as important to them; 43% dissatisfied with their body-image.- Irish teenagers are more sensitive to concerns over body-image that in other countries.Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today launched  ‘How We See It: Report of a Survey on Young People’s Body Image’.

 

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Lessons in early education from New Zealand

When it comes to early childhood care and education, Ireland is, in many ways, where New Zealand was in the 1980s, according to a visiting expert, writes Sheila Wayman.

Childcare is  still seen by many people in Ireland as a way to keep children safe and entertained while their parents are at work. If they learn some letters and numbers in preparation for “big school”, all the better.

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