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Making Learning Visible – Documenting the Early Childhood Curriculum

January 11, 2017

Documenting the Early Childhood Curriculum and making learning visible is a key requirement of the DES Education Focused Inspections. This programme is delivered over three workshops and will support educators document children’s learning and use this documentation to plan relevant and meaningful learning experiences for children.

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Year in Review: 2016

January 10, 2017

2016 was a year dominated by change both here in Ireland and across the world stage. Early Childhood Ireland’s main focus was on the developments which impacted on our sector such as the roll-out of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) and of course the Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS).

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ACS 52-week Model

January 10, 2017

Following ECI advocacy, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, is to replace the proposed 48-week funding model with a 52-week funding model under the new Affordable Childcare Scheme.

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ECI Advocacy Year in Review 2016

January 10, 2017

Early Childhood Ireland’s dedicated Policy, Advocacy and Communications Team is striving to ensure that Government policy is moving toward a model of childcare in Ireland that can deliver.

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Nothing Without Joy: Children’s Book Club

January 10, 2017

New Blog Post: Dr. Carmel Brennan discusses the joy children writing their own stories can bring children and adults alike.

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Upcoming Training Programmes 2017

January 9, 2017

We have now released the following programmes which are due to start in January 2017. Additional programmes will be added in the coming days.

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Learner Fund Bursary for Levels 7, 8 and 9 graduates

January 6, 2017

In recognition of the commitment to further professionalisation, DCYA plan to pay a Bursary (of approx. €750) to practitioners who have completed a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7, Level 8, or Level 9.

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Closing Date Extended: Research and Practice Seminar 2017

January 6, 2017

We will accept the submission of abstracts up to the closing date of January 27th 2017. Abstracts will be reviewed by an external scientific committee and notification of acceptance will be forwarded by February 10th 2017.

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