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Need to Stall Further Expansion of the ECCE Scheme

April 1, 2015

Early Childhood Ireland calls on DCYA to stall expansion of new operators delivering the ECCE scheme until a clear plan has been developed which takes account of current level of oversupply.

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Thank you to the 65,000 children wearing their PJs

March 6, 2015

Early Childhood Ireland uses platform of National Pyjama Day to highlight serious lack of Government investment to support children with additional needs at preschool

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Band Aid Approach to Afterschool Won’t Work

March 4, 2015

Statement from Teresa Heeney, CEO of Early Childhood Ireland in response to leaked Government approach to after school and shifting the service into school buildings

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Statement on Minister James Reilly’s response on Primetime

February 13, 2015

Early Childhood Ireland statement re Minister Reilly's Primetime response to issues of sustainability, lack of investment, pay & conditions & support for children with additional needs.

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Response to media reports of new ‘affordability of childcare’ scheme

January 13, 2015

Irish families are paying more than any of their European counterparts on early childhood education services and this must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

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Comment on Inspections

September 16, 2014

Teresa Heeney was on Newstalk talking about the announcement by the Minister for Education, that creches and other preschool providers will be subject to school type inspections.

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