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€4 million childcare funding welcome, but proper planning remains a priority

March 20, 2017

Plans announced today to provide €4 million in capital funding to improve and expand childcare services is a welcome development. However, proper planning is urgently needed to avoid a potential shortage of childcare in some areas and a possible oversupply in others, Early Childhood Ireland has said.

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€3 million for school age childcare a positive step but proper planning and regulation must be a priority

March 7, 2017

Plans announced today to provide €3 million to support services aimed at school going children is a positive development, but proper planning to ensure that these services are sustainable and regulation of the sector must be a priority according to Early Childhood Ireland.

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Increased uptake of free pre-school year welcome but major obstacles remain ahead of further roll out

March 6, 2017

A new report issued today shows that the number of children availing of the free pre-school year continues to grow and that uptake is due to double this year. Early Childhood Ireland has welcomed this development but has expressed concerns about the significant challenges that remain if the major expansion of the scheme is to be effective.

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Press Release: 60,000 children nationwide wear their pyjamas into creche and pre-school today for Early Childhood Ireland’s National Pyjama Day

March 6, 2017

60,000 children from 1,300 creches and preschools around the country are wearing their favourite pyjamas today (Friday 3rd March 2017) for National Pyjama Day, which is an annual fundraiser organised by Early Childhood Ireland that is now in its 14th year, having raised over €2.5 million for children’s charities in Ireland.

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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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