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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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Making the News

Making the News: March Media Highlights

This month’s Making the News examines recent media events, including coverage of the Oireachtas Children’s Committee report on challenges facing the Early Years sector, and a series of articles by the Irish Independent. New Children’s Committee report . On Wednesday, 6 March we welcomed the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth’s

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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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Policy in Action 3 April 2024

Oireachtas Update . Two significant Early Childhood Ireland policy proposals raised in the Dáil . We were pleased to see that significant proposals contained in our Budget 2024 submission and in our Policy Proposal: Closures or Early Years and School Age Care were raised in the Dáil by Deputy Colm Burke (Fine Gael). Through Parliamentary

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International perspectives on Early Years – part two

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 one of our review we looked at what the report says on availability

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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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