Category: Press Release

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Covid-19 Press Release

Thursday, 12 March 2020 ECI warns that further Covid-19 closures could risk sustainability of the childcare sector Following a series of recent pressures on childcare providers, Early Childhood Ireland, the membership organisation for the early years sector, is warning the government that crèches may be forced out of business by health and safety procedures introduced due

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Majority of Irish adults want the new government to prioritise investment in childcare

Majority of Irish adults want the new government to prioritise investment in childcare – Childcare Barometer 2020 also shows significant support for the creation of a single, dedicated childcare agency –   The third annual Early Childhood Ireland Childcare Barometer, published today (13.02.2020), indicates that 71 per cent of adults in Ireland want the next

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Early Childhood Ireland highlights three vital initiatives for next Programme for Government

Early Childhood Ireland, the membership organisation for the early years sector, has written to general election candidates in every constituency this week, asking them to support three vital initiatives in the next Programme for Government. “Now that we know who is standing for election to the Dáil on 8 February, Early Childhood Ireland has immediately written

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ECI urges concerned crèches to get in touch

Please see below our press release which was sent to the national media this morning. As you can see we have raised all of the key issues relating to the insurance situation which has unfolded over the last few days.  The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has this evening announced an additional programme support payment

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RTÉ Investigates: Creches-Behind Closed Doors

Early Childhood Ireland Response to RTÉ Investigates: Creches – Behind Closed Doors 25 July 2019   We are deeply concerned about the issues raised in the RTÉ Investigates programme aired last night. We now expect that the statutory authorities will take whatever action is necessary to ensure that the very distressing matters raised are fully

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Press Release: RTÉ Investigates Update

  Local intervention and national action must follow RTÉ Investigates programme Early Childhood Ireland remains deeply concerned about the multiple issues raised in the RTÉ Investigates programme on crèches, which aired last week. Speaking today in Dublin, Frances Byrne, Director of Policy with Early Childhood Ireland said: “What was witnessed in the undercover footage was

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Early Childhood Ireland welcomes news 800,000 children have benefited from ECCE programme

For immediate release 8 May 2019   Early Childhood Ireland welcomes news 800,000 children have benefited from ECCE programme Representative body urges extension of this vital scheme to 52 weeks, as part of wider increased investment in staff   Early Childhood Ireland has welcomed figures showing that 800,000 children have benefited from the ECCE preschool

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Staffing crisis in female-led childcare sector threatens future of services

 ‘A lot of staff would get paid more walking into a supermarket with no qualifications’   The detrimental impact of the early years staffing crisis is made clear in a new survey published by Early Childhood Ireland to coincide with International Women’s Day. The survey paints a stark portrait of the impact of ongoing recruitment

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National Childcare Scheme welcomed by ECI

National Childcare Scheme welcomed by Early Childhood Ireland Organisation urges that continuing investment in sector is needed   Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the launch of the National Childcare Scheme this morning.  However, the organisation says that further investment in the early years sector is urgently needed. Teresa Heeney, CEO Early Childhood Ireland, joined Taoiseach Leo

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