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Government announces substantial supports for the Reopening of Childcare

June 11, 2020

Today, 10 June, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone announced a major funding package to facilitate the reopening of childcare facilities from 29 June.

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Early Childhood Ireland seeks urgent clarification on wage subsidy scheme for childcare sector

April 7, 2020

Press Release: Early Childhood Ireland has called for an urgent update from the DCYA on the proposed government Wage Subsidy Scheme for the sector.

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Covid-19 Press Release

March 13, 2020

Early Childhood Ireland has strongly advised government that childcare services will be in a very precarious financial situation due to the Covid19 Closure.

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

February 13, 2020

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 government to prioritise greater investment in childcare.

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

January 24, 2020

Early Childhood Ireland has written to general election candidates in every constituency this week, asking them to support three vital initiatives in the next Programme for Government.

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ECI urges concerned crèches to get in touch

December 18, 2019

Please see our press release which was sent to national media this morning. As you can see we have raised the key issues relating to the insurance situation which has unfolded over the last few days.

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Five charities to benefit from PJ Day Fund 2019

December 11, 2019

ECI is delighted to announce the recipients of the National Pyjama Day Fund 2019. A total of 5 charities will benefit from grants from the Fund, which this year amounts to €280,000.

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Budget 2020: Little joy for parents, professionals, or providers

October 8, 2019

New measures in today's Budget will do little to address the legacy of historic underinvestment in early years, Early Childhood Ireland has warned.

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Press Release: RTÉ Investigates Update

August 1, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland remains deeply concerned about the multiple issues raised in the RTÉ Investigates programme on crèches, which aired last week.

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RTÉ Investigates: Creches-Behind Closed Doors

July 25, 2019

We are very concerned about the issues raised in RTÉ Investigates. We now expect that the statutory authorities will take whatever action necessary to ensure the matters are investigated & addressed.

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