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Press Release: Early Childhood Ireland launches National Pyjama Day 2017

January 24, 2017

Early Childhood Ireland launches National Pyjama Day 2017 taking place in creches and preschools nationwide on Friday 3rd March.

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Response to Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate Annual Report

December 22, 2016

High quality settings are characterised by warm, respectful relationships and clear, open communication between staff, parents and children. We all share the responsibility to ensure that children enjoy a happy and life enhancing childhood wherever they are.

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Press Release

December 16, 2016

Our initial reaction to the new Free Childcare for Homeless Children scheme announced by the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs on Thursday 15th December.

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ECI Response to Budget 2017

October 11, 2016

Early Childhood Ireland welcomes new childcare scheme but cautions that overall package will not address the sector’s sustainability crisis.

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Real Cost of Providing Childcare Report Launch

September 29, 2016

Early Childhood Ireland launched a new report today entitled ‘Doing the Sums: The Real Cost of Providing Childcare’ with Meehan Tully & Associates Ltd.

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Warning issued by Early Childhood Ireland

September 25, 2016

Quality and availability of childcare will drop if Government doesn’t act fast to address the crisis of sustainability due to continued State underfunding, low pay rates and problems with recruitment and retention of childcare professionals.

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EECERA told parents should be gardeners, rather than carpenters

September 3, 2016

This is according to Alison Gopnik, a cognitive scientist and professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California and author of “Against Parenting” who was keynote speaker at the EECERA (European Early Childhood Research Association) conference today (Saturday 3rd September 2016), hosted by Early Childhood Ireland in DCU, which was attended by almost 1,000 early childhood educators and researchers from around the world.

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Education-focused Inspection Reports

July 1, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the publication of the first batch of reports on Education-focused Inspection in Early Years Settings, but urges the Government to increase funding for the ECCE free preschool scheme to ensure it can function better.

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Press Release: Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the appointment of Katherine Zappone

May 6, 2016

“We welcome the appointment of Katherine Zappone as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and Richard Bruton as Minister for Education and Skills.

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Next Gov must Develop a Childcare Subsidy

April 22, 2016

“The next Government must develop a Childcare Subsidy, not a tax credit,” according to Teresa Heeney CEO of Early Childhood Ireland.

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