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ECI gives cautious welcome to Budget 2019

October 9, 2018

Budget 2019 delivers important investment in early years care and education in Ireland but accompanying supports for early years providers are needed.

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Launch of 2018 ECI Pyjama Day Fund!

September 20, 2018

We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 Early Childhood Ireland Pyjama Day Fund. Six charities were selected to receive a portion of the funds raised on ECI's Pyjama Day earlier this year.

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

April 12, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland will hold its national early years Research Seminar, Conference & AGM 2018 tomorrow Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April.

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

March 9, 2018

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 under the age of 6 who have additional needs.

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ECI launches first annual Childcare Barometer

February 14, 2018

ECI-RedC poll shows widespread public support for increased investment in childcare.

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Historic Dáil debate on Childcare to take place today

January 31, 2018

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.

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Government must prioritise childcare staff in Affordable Childcare investment

January 24, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland warns that staffing and recruitment within the early years sector remain at crisis levels

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Early Childhood Ireland launches National Pyjama Day 2018

January 17, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland is delighted to launch National Pyjama Day 2018. The theme for this year is Innovative Projects for Children: Indoors and Outdoors. The proceeds raised on the day form a Pyjama Day fund, from which grant amounts are allocated to a number of charities.

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Toddlebox.ie to sponsor ECI Awards 2018

November 20, 2017

Early Childhood Ireland is delighted to announce that Toddlebox will sponsor its 2018 Early Childhood Ireland Awards. The Awards Night will take place on Friday 13th April 2018 in Clontarf Castle.

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Latest EU Social Justice Index Ranking

November 16, 2017

The latest EU Social Justice Index ranks Ireland lowest in the EU for investment in pre-primary education and underlines the need for substantially increased investment in early years education.

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