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Comment on Tusla Inspection Report

October 16, 2014

We acknowledge and welcome the fact that preschool inspections have now, for the first time, been analysed on such a strategic and national basis.

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Response to Budget 2015

October 15, 2014

“To say we are disappointed with today’s Budget is an understatement. We were looking for an indication of commitment to this sector via real investment, but we got none.

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Survey: shortcomings in ECCE Scheme

October 9, 2014

Need for increased capitation, inclusion of continuous professional development in the scheme and Special Needs Assistants identified

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Inspection reports need to be accessible and up to date for parents

August 14, 2014

The latest wave of inspection reports are again making the headlines and Early Childhood Ireland is calling for a radical overhaul of the inspection process urgently.

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Meet the needs of children with special needs in preschool

June 26, 2014

"We know from recent statements that the Minister for Education & Science is keen to develop a more equitable and accessible system for special needs assistants (SNAs) in primary and secondary school, but he must understand that meeting the needs of special needs children has got to start in preschool."

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“Sector is a pressure cooker of high expectations and low investment”

June 18, 2014

Statement from Teresa Heeney, CEO of Early Childhood Ireland who is presenting a plan for the development of the early childhood education sector to members of the Oireachtas.

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New Minister for Children & Youth Affairs

May 8, 2014

Early Childhood Ireland thanks children’s champion Frances Fitzgerald Minister for Justice and welcomes Charlie Flanagan new Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, whose priority challenge must be to fuel the early childhood education sector with the right level of investment.

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“Getting the Best Start” Prebudget Submission Launch

May 7, 2014

Early Childhood Ireland’s prebudget submission entitled “Getting the Best Start” challenges Government to move beyond the rhetoric and to make additional investment of €351 million in the early childhood education sector in 2015 via increased capitation, training and support for children with special needs.

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