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Policy Brief – ESRI report on the lives of nine-year-olds in Ireland

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), in partnership with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Inclusion and Youth (DCEDIY), recently published a detailed report on the lives of nine-year-olds. The report draws on data from the Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) study. This study compared nine-year-olds in 2007/8 and 2017/18, which was a period

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Policy Brief – Achieving Gender Equality at Work

On Wednesday, 9 November 2022, Early Childhood Ireland was pleased to attend the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission’s Care Policy and Practice Conference on Achieving Gender Equality At Work. Focussing on how to achieve gender equality in work, the conference highlighted care and its perception and importance to society. According to IHREC, the fact

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Policy Brief – Music in early childhood teacher education

In a recent article, published by the journal Arts Education Policy Review,  Alfredo Bautista, Jerry Yeung, Morgan Lisa Mclaren, and Beatriz Ilari aim to raise awareness among educational policymakers, educators, and school leaders about the need to better prepare early childhood educators in music education. Music in early childhood teacher education: raising awareness of a

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Policy Brief – Improving Early Equity: From Evidence to Action

At the end of October, the OECD released its latest report, Improving Early Equity: From Evidence to Action, which uses findings from the International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study (IELS) to look at how early equity gaps can be closed. The report shows that the learning gap between disadvantaged children and advantaged children is

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Garda Vetting

Garda Vetting Update 8 November 2022

Early Childhood Ireland is experiencing very high levels of Garda Vetting applications at present. We notice there are duplicate vetting applications submitted on the National Vetting Portal, which can slow down the Garda Vetting process and may be cancelled by the National Vetting Bureau. If you think you made a mistake when inputting an applicant’s

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Policy Brief – DCEDIY Survey of Parents 2022

Two weeks ago, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) published the results of a survey of 500 families that was recently undertaken by Ipsos on behalf of the Department. This survey explored the types of early years or school aged care that was accessed by parents, why types of care were

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Policy Brief – ESRI Report: Intergenerational Poverty in Ireland

Last week the ESRI published a new report called Intergenerational Poverty in Ireland. This report looks at the persistence of poverty between generations in the Irish context. The motivation for the report is that understanding how strong the association between financial circumstances in childhood and adulthood, including the mechanisms that underpin this relationship, is important

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Garda Vetting Top Tips

The online vetting process has been very successful. Here are some tips to prevent common errors and improve turnaround times: Take your time inputting an applicant’s information. Any errors will delay the Garda Vetting process, especially the email address and date of birth. If these are incorrect, the applicant won’t be able to log in

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Early Years Scotland’s Best Start: Strategic Early Learning and School Age Childcare Plan 2022 to 2026

The Scottish government recently published its strategic ‘childcare’ plan to guide them through the years 2022 to 2026. Titled “Best Start”, the policy outlined in the plan contributes to national outcomes focused on children and young people, education, health and poverty. The overall policy vision for Best Start is making Scotland the best place in

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Policy Brief: Education at a Glance 2022

The OECD has released Education at a Glance 2022, a source for data on the state of education around the world. It covers all levels of education, from early years to tertiary. Enrolment The report details that early childhood education is important to give students from all backgrounds an equal start in their education. The

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