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PRESS RELEASE: Early Childhood Ireland raises serious funding concerns with TDs as crèches reopen

Early Childhood Ireland, the leading organisation in the early years sector, has raised funding concerns with TDs today (30.08.21) as many members reopen childcare settings across Ireland for the new term. Early Childhood Ireland members are also reporting additional staffing issues as employees seek out better pay and working conditions in other sectors.

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Early Childhood Ireland publishes Budget 2022 submission with warning to government that ‘families have waited too long’

Early Childhood Ireland, the leading organisation in the early years sector, published its Budget 2022 submission today (13.07.21) with a call for government to meet the commitment in the national early years strategy, First 5, to at least double investment by 2028.  In Budget 2022, the government must begin to meet this target by increasing

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Early Childhood Ireland Childcare Barometer 2021

The Early Childhood Ireland Childcare Barometer 2021 was released yesterday, Monday 15 February 2021. This is the fourth edition of the annual poll, which gauges public attitudes to early years care and education in Ireland. As in previous years, Early Childhood Ireland commissioned RED C to conduct the poll, which surveys a nationally representative sample

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Childcare staff should be treated on a par with other care and education professionals, says Early Childhood Ireland

– Call for investment to ensure proper pay and conditions for early years workers, as professionalisation of the sector continues –   Tuesday, 1 December 2020: Early Childhood Ireland has called for early years practitioners to be treated on a par with professionals working across the wider care and education sectors. The organisation – which

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Press Release: Early Childhood Ireland raise concerns that delays in testing will impact sector

Monday, 17 August 2020   Early Childhood Ireland raise concerns that delays in testing will impact sector   Early Childhood Ireland, the leading organisation in the early years sector, has today (17.08.2020) raised concerns that delays in Covid-19 testing will have serious implications on maintaining the necessary staff ratios within childcare settings across Ireland.   Early

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Press Release 10 September 2020

PRESS RELEASE Thursday, 10th September 2020 Early Childhood Ireland research shows how Covid-19 increased pressure on ‘already struggling’ childcare sector   The Covid-19 pandemic hit Ireland’s childcare sector particularly hard because of deep-rooted, long-term and structural flaws in the sector. That’s according to Early Childhood Ireland, the leading organisation in the early years sector, which

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Government announces substantial supports for the Reopening of Childcare

Today, 10 June, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone announced a major funding package to facilitate the reopening of childcare facilities from 29 June.    In developing the funding model, the Minister recognises that a reduced number of children are likely to attend Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) services in the initial weeks

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Early Childhood Ireland seeks urgent clarification on wage subsidy scheme for childcare sector

Organisation fears workers in one-third of childcare settings may go unpaid over Easter   Early Childhood Ireland, the membership organisation for the early years sector, has called for an urgent update from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) on the proposed government Wage Subsidy Scheme for the sector. Commenting today (07.04.20), Frances Byrne,

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