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Budget 2018 investment in early years is ‘significantly less’ than levels needed

October 10, 2017

Last year, Minister Zappone managed to secure significant funding for the early years sector, but it is essential that this level of investment is sustained for the foreseeable future.

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Childcare providers to brief Oireachtas on new ‘More Affordable Childcare’

October 4, 2017

Childcare operators from Tallaght and Sligo will today brief members of the Oireachtas about their direct experiences of delivering More Affordable Childcare for the first time.

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“Ireland must commit to our youngest citizens”

September 12, 2017

Early Childhood Ireland calls on Taoiseach to commit to radically increased investment for early years.

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Dáil Debate on Pay and Conditions in Childcare

July 6, 2017

Early Childhood Ireland highlights importance of Dáil debate on poor pay and conditions in childcare as sector faces staffing crisis

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ACS Information Campaign

May 22, 2017

Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the more affordable childcare information campaign just launched, with information packs arriving to childcare providers by post today.

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Delays in Maternity Leave Payment

May 10, 2017

The delay in paying out maternity leave benefit is placing additional stress on parents at a time when families are already dealing with the challenges of a new baby, Early Childhood Ireland has said today.

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Half of mothers work during maternity leave

April 25, 2017

New research showing over half of Irish mothers engage in work-related activities during maternity leave highlights need to improve culture and practice on leave arrangements for new parents.

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ACS Likely to Put Pressure on the Sector

April 12, 2017

The current plans for the Affordable Childcare Scheme will increase expectations of parents while putting pressure on the sector which cannot deliver due to the inability to attract staff.

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