Category: Press Release

Childcare Barometer 2019

87% of Irish adults believe childminders should be Garda vetted and have basic First Aid and other training, the Early Childhood Ireland Childcare Barometer 2019 has shown. The proposal carried extensive support across all demographics surveyed for the second edition of the annual poll, results of which were published today. The Childcare Barometer 2019 also

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Early Childhood Ireland welcomes publication of ‘First 5’, the national early years strategy

‘An important milestone for babies, children, and families’ Early Childhood Ireland welcomes publication of ‘First 5’, the national early years strategy   Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the publication this morning of First 5, the long-awaited national early years strategy for Ireland. This cross-Departmental, ten-year plan is an important milestone for babies, children, their families, and

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ECI gives cautious welcome to Budget 2019

Early Childhood Ireland gives cautious welcome to Budget 2019   Ireland’s largest childcare representative organisation awaits further detail of increased investment   Budget 2019 delivers important investment in early years care and education in Ireland but accompanying supports for early years providers are needed. Early Childhood Ireland welcomes today’s announcement that an increase of €90

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Irish Early Years Sector leads the way in Supporting Children with Additional Needs

600 early years educators gather in Croke Park this weekend   Early Childhood Ireland will hold its national early years Research Seminar, Conference & AGM 2018 tomorrow Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April. ‘Coming Together in Difference: Leadership in Inclusion, Equality, and Diversity’ is the theme of the two-day gathering by Ireland’s largest early years

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Press Release: Early Childhood Ireland’s National Pyjama Day takes place today!

60,000 children wear their PJs into preschool and creche to raise funds for children’s charities   Early Childhood Ireland’s National Pyjama Day takes place today, Friday 9 March! 60,000 children are wearing their pyjamas into 1,285 early childhood settings across Ireland today, with the funds raised by sponsorship helping to support charities working with children

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Historic Dáil debate on Childcare to take place today

New Early Childhood Ireland-RedC poll shows major public support for increased childcare investment   As the Dáil begins its first debate on the new Childcare Support Bill from Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone this evening, Early Childhood Ireland is releasing top line results from its first ever nationwide opinion poll on public attitudes towards childcare. Teresa

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ECI launches first annual Childcare Barometer

ECI-RedC poll shows widespread public support for increased investment in childcare   Early Childhood Ireland has released its first ever Childcare Barometer, revealing widespread public support for a more progressive childcare system in Ireland. The Barometer, which seeks to track public attitudes to early years care and education, is based on a nationwide RedC Research

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Early Childhood Ireland launches National Pyjama Day 2018

The annual fundraising event will take place on Friday 9th March this year Early Childhood Ireland is delighted to launch National Pyjama Day 2018. Registration for early years settings who wish to participate in this exciting annual charity event is now open on the Early Childhood Ireland website – please visit http://bit.ly/PJDay2018. Now in its

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Government must prioritise childcare staff in Affordable Childcare investment

Early Childhood Ireland warns that staffing and recruitment within the early years sector remain at crisis levels   Ireland’s leading early years organisation, Early Childhood Ireland (ECI), welcomes the update on the implementation of the Affordable Childcare Scheme. This was provided by Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, at the Oireachtas

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Early Childhood Ireland announces launch of 2017 Pyjama Day Fund

Fund will benefit five charities working with children with additional needs Early Childhood Ireland is delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 Pyjama Day Fund. A total of five charities were selected to receive a portion of the funds raised on Pyjama Day earlier this year, which amounted to almost €200,000. The launch will

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