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Early Childhood Ireland National Awards 2018 – Leaders in Practice

December 13, 2017

Early Childhood Ireland are delighted to announce our 2018 National Awards will take place Friday 13th April 2018. Our awards are the biggest Early Childhood Care and Education Awards in Ireland celebrating and recognising excellence in practice.

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ERASMUS+ Learning Mobility Programme to Tubingen, Germany

December 13, 2017

The Erasmus+ programme aims to modernize and improve the quality of teaching, training and youth work across Europe, and to support the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices. These objectives are closely tied with the Europe 2020 strategy of achieving a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020 for all of Europe’s citizens. Fundamental goals for Erasmus+ include improving key competences and skills, and fostering partnerships between education and employment.

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Performing… For Who?

December 12, 2017

In this week's Scéalta Blog post, Máire Corbett discusses whether a performance based Christmas concert is the best option for a Christmas celebration.

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Support Point Update 12th December 2017

December 12, 2017

This week our Tusla inspection non-compliances series covers qualification requirements, we look at carer's leave and what should be included in your fire safety register.

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Independent Review on the Cost of Providing Quality Childcare

December 12, 2017

Crowe Horwath are undertaking an independent review on the cost of providing quality childcare on behalf of DCYA. In response to their call for evidence, the initial information gathering part of the review, ECI submitted a variety of studies and reports, both our own and external, which we believe are essential reading to understand the complexities and challenges facing the early childhood care and education sector.

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ECI Shop – Free Shipping

December 11, 2017

Free shipping on all orders until 22nd December. Members only. Click below to shop our extensive range of resources, publications, toys and storybooks now.

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Making Scents of Christmas

December 8, 2017

In this week's Scéalta Blog post, Evelyn Egan Rainy looks at creative activities to do at Christmas using natural materials.

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Crisis for the provision of non-ECCE early years services?

December 7, 2017

In September 2016 ECI’s Doing the Sums Report pointed to a worrying trend in the early years sector toward an ECCE-only model.This finding has been borne out by evidence from Pobal and with the extension of the ECCE programme in Budget 2018, there is growing concern about the further depletion of non-ECCE services.

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Advocacy in Action Dec 7th 2017 Welcome

December 7, 2017

Welcome to the first edition of ‘Advocacy in Action’. We are delighted to bring this new monthly ezine to members and other valued early years stakeholders, to highlight Early Childhood Ireland’s policy and advocacy work, as well as related developments in the national policy arena.

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Capital Funding for 2018 Announced

December 6, 2017

ECI is delighted that DCYA has taken our recommendation on board, with the announcement on 4th December 2017 that there will be an early years and school age childcare capital programme in 2018.

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