ECCE and the Four-Week-Rule

ECCE and the Four-Week-Rule

We had an excellent response from members to the Flash Survey on the new ECCE Agreement back in May. Among many concerns raised by members were: the length of the 38-week contract; the level of capitation; and the lack of paid non-contact and CPD time. Uncertainty around the so-called ‘four-week-rule’ was an issue for members. ECI raised this directly with Department of Children and Youth Affairs officials in a meeting on Friday 3rd June and stressed that settings should not be punished by the withdrawal of capitation for children’s non-attendance, which is outside their control. We will continue to work on this issue and direct you to this response from the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, which clearly outlines the current four-week-rule policy.

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