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Code of Professional Responsibility and Code of Ethics for Early Years

January 22, 2020

In this week’s Big Picture, we provide an update on the launch of the Code of Professional Responsibility and Code of Ethics for Early Years which took place in the DCYA on January 20.

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Under the Radar Advocacy

April 5, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) was delighted to have a recent policy ‘win’ for our members and that has prompted us in this month’s edition of ‘Advocacy in Action’ to focus on our daily advocacy work which is by its nature somewhat hidden from view.

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Editorial: Child Protection and the 2016 Regulations

March 12, 2018

The fact that child protection policy fell out of the revised regulations in 2016 is a matter of real concern to ECI. We see this as a matter of best practice, which the early years sector is committed to meeting, and the best interests of children availing of ECEC services. We hope our efforts support the Minister and DCYA in remedying the current legal lacuna and look forward to further constructive engagement.

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Editorial: Staffing Crisis

February 1, 2018

What we have heard from our members during the month of January reinforces the findings of our recent staffing survey and Pobal’s latest sector profile: recruitment and retention of staff is now the main challenge facing the early years sector. We have heard daily from members that staffing issues are causing serious sustainability concerns in their services.

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Minister Zappone updates the Children’s Committee of the Oireachtas on the Affordable Childcare Scheme

January 30, 2018

Last Wednesday, 24th January 2018, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs.

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ECI Advocacy in Action

May 9, 2017

Last week the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020 was published and ECI was delighted to see several of our recommendations reflected in the Strategy...

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