The latest news and information

Learner Fund Extension for ECCE

December 10, 2015

Reaction from Early Childhood Ireland to the €1.5 million Learner Fund extension, part of the expanded ECCE (free preschool) scheme, as announced in budget 2016.

Share share share share
MORE

Press Release: Post Budget Survey Results Summary

November 30, 2015

“There are significant problems with the implementation of the expanded ECCE (free preschool) scheme, as announced in the recent budget, and parents must not assume that their local preferred preschool can accommodate their child for 2 years.

Share share share share
MORE

ECCE and Children with Disability

November 19, 2015

Reaction from Teresa Heeney, CEO of Early Childhood Ireland to the IDG report entitled: ‘Supporting Access to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme for Children with a Disability’

Share share share share
MORE

Initial Response to Budget 2016

October 13, 2015

Today, the government is taking a first step to what must be a planned and substantial increase in state investment, recognising the value of quality childcare to children’s development...

Share share share share
MORE

We have much to learn from the Reggio approach

September 28, 2015

Teresa Heeney contrasts Reggio Emilia’s rich investment in early childhood care & education with the Irish approach and warns that “the current wrangling about spending an additional €5 on child benefit or on parental leave misses the point”

Share share share share
MORE

Response to the Extension of the Learner Fund

September 28, 2015

€500k extension of Learner Fund, while welcome, is not enough in terms of scope or amount & we don't want ‘goodie bag’ approach to childcare pre election, but real investment from next budget.

Share share share share
MORE

Tusla Must be Held to Account

September 5, 2015

Early Childhood Ireland says Tusla must be held to account for too few inspectors, too few inspections & too little progress in delivering robust, consistent, regular inspection process

Share share share share
MORE

Statement Regarding Childcare Report

July 22, 2015

Early Childhood Ireland statement regarding publication of the report by the Inter-Departmental Working Group: "Future Investment in Childcare in Ireland"

Share share share share
MORE

3,370 childcare workers have to sign on dole over summer costing €7.2m to the exchequer

July 16, 2015

Early Childhood Ireland reminds TDs and Senators of the unacceptable situation that 3,370 childcare workers have to sign on dole over summer costing €7.2m to the exchequer

Share share share share
MORE

Launch of Footsteps for the Future

July 15, 2015

Launch of the Footsteps for the Future report outlining the investment needed in the sector over the next 5 years in order to achieve the key policy objective of ensuring quality throughout the sector.

Share share share share
MORE
Design & Development