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Majority of childcare providers will not increase fees in 2017

August 15, 2017

Media interest in childcare fees has increased ahead of the roll out of ‘More Affordable Childcare’. Our survey reveals that the majority of childcare providers will not increase fees in 2017.

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Support Point Update 15th August 2017

August 15, 2017

This week we cover reference checking and terms and conditions of employment, confirmation of dates for registering children and guidelines on the administration of medication.

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Stick to Play

August 15, 2017

In Scéalta this week ECI's Dr Carmel Brennan discusses the need to recognise that early childhood is that special time when children need to play and find their way to becoming experts in how to live well in the world around them.

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Masterclass: Celebrating Children’s Stories

August 9, 2017

Early Childhood Ireland, in partnership with DCU, Institute of Education, presents:
"Celebrating Children’s Stories - A Masterclass in Documentation with Wendy Lee". Book your place today!

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Support Point Update 8th August 2017

August 8, 2017

This week Support Point continues our series on recruitment and selection. There is also information relating to signing in/out children and rules about DCYA and Pobal funding.

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DCYA announcement of Independent Review

August 4, 2017

ECI welcomes today’s announcement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, of an Independent Review of the Cost of Delivering Quality Childcare, as a win for parents, policy makers and providers.

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Making Children Visible

August 2, 2017

In Scéalta this week Maíre Corbett writes about how visible children are in communities. She writes of her experience in Sydney and notes the links that many settings here have with their communities.

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ECI Reaction to Report on Working Conditions

July 27, 2017

Reaction from Early Childhood Ireland to report & recommendations on the Working Conditions of the Early Years Education and Care sector from the Joint Committee on Children & Youth Affairs.

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National Early Years Forum Update

July 25, 2017

The fourth meeting of the National Collaborative Forum for the Early Years Care and Education Sector, known as the Early Years Forum, took place in Dublin Castle yesterday, Monday, 24th July.

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Support Point Update 25th July 2017

July 25, 2017

This week Support Point covers minimum enrolment numbers for ECCE, food safety training requirements, rules for DCYA childcare funding programmes and employees' annual leave and sick leave entitlements.

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