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Initiative to Measure and Assess Quality

April 6, 2017

Initiative by Minister Zappone which will measure and assess quality of early years a welcome move 

However, independent review into cost of providing quality childcare urgently needed

The announcement made today by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD to start the process which for the first time, will measure the quality of, and identify best practice in early years provision is a positive development according to Early Childhood Ireland.

Minister Zappone today commenced the process to procure the tools and measurement instruments which will identify best practice in the early years sector, measure its impact on children’s development and evaluate the benefit this has.

Early Childhood Ireland CEO, Teresa Heeney said;

“As early years education continues to develop and advance, we need to be certain that the best methods which will ensure the best outcomes for our children are being used. We also need to ensure that early years educators are equipped with the best knowledge and techniques to achieve these outcomes. This initiative will help pinpoint best practice, identify how quality early years is achieving results and provide an evidence base that will inform future policy decisions.

However, Early Childhood Ireland is also calling for an independent review into the cost of providing quality childcare in private and community settings. The high cost of childcare for parents and the financial pressures which are putting pre-school services’ survival at risk are the dominant issue facing the sector today and must be addressed.”

Early Childhood Ireland represents over 3,600 childcare members who support over 100,000 children and their families through preschool, afterschool and full day-care provision nationwide. Its work includes quality enhancement, publications, advocacy, training, business support and information for a sector that employs 25,000 people today.


Read the DCYA Statement below:

Procurement for the provision of Services to Measure and Assess the Quality of Early Years Provision in Ireland

Wednesday 5th April, 2017

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, today announced that a request for tenders for the provision of services to measure and assess the quality of early years provision in Ireland will be issued later this evening….


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