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ACS Information Campaign

May 22, 2017

Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the more affordable childcare information campaign just launched, with information packs arriving to childcare providers by post today.

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Delays in Maternity Leave Payment

May 10, 2017

The delay in paying out maternity leave benefit is placing additional stress on parents at a time when families are already dealing with the challenges of a new baby, Early Childhood Ireland has said today.

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Half of mothers work during maternity leave

April 25, 2017

New research showing over half of Irish mothers engage in work-related activities during maternity leave highlights need to improve culture and practice on leave arrangements for new parents.

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ACS Likely to Put Pressure on the Sector

April 12, 2017

The current plans for the Affordable Childcare Scheme will increase expectations of parents while putting pressure on the sector which cannot deliver due to the inability to attract staff.

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Initiative to Measure and Assess Quality

April 6, 2017

The Minister has announced the start of the process which for the first time, will measure the quality of, and identify best practice in early years provision.

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Minister Zappone commits to carrying out independent review of cost of quality childcare

April 1, 2017

Speaking at Early Childhood Ireland’s annual conference in UCD, Minister Zappone said the independent review will feed into future policy development and review of subsidy levels. She said it will be an important contributor to establishing a firm evidence base for investment by the State in both affordability and quality.

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Research shows depth of staffing crisis

March 31, 2017

Problems recruiting and retaining well qualified staff to work in pre-schools and crèches is putting their survival at risk according to research published today by Early Childhood Ireland.

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New report showing Ireland at bottom of league for paid maternity leave highlights need for major reform

March 28, 2017

A complete absence of “decently paid” maternity leave for Irish woman compared to other European countries is leaving many mothers with no choice but to return to work sooner than they would wish, Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) has said today.

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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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