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Parental Leave

November 5, 2019

This week we take a look at the recent introduction of two weeks of paid Parental Leave, how the new leave will work and the plans to increase paid leave in the first years of a child’s life.

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Prevention and Early Intervention Network (PEIN) Paper Launch

October 15, 2019

Our policy officer Ronan Kennedy recently attended an event organised by the Prevention and Early Intervention Network (PEIN), at which two notable position papers were launched.

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Budget 2020: Little joy for parents, professionals, or providers

October 8, 2019

New measures in today's Budget will do little to address the legacy of historic underinvestment in early years, Early Childhood Ireland has warned.

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New data on the cost of childcare around Ireland

September 30, 2019

On Friday 27 September, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone TD released new figures on childcare fees around Ireland.

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Policy and Implementation Panel: August Meeting

August 30, 2019

Through our advocacy work on behalf of members, we engage with members through a number of different fora. One of the ways that we do this is through our Policy and Implementation Panel.

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Budget 2020: Early Years and School-Age Childcare Agency

August 20, 2019

In the coming weeks, the Policy and Advocacy team will begin rolling out our Budget 2020 document. We will be asking government to prioritise the establishment of a dedicated statutory Early Years and School-Age Childcare Agency.

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Children’s Rights Alliance: Child Poverty Event

July 31, 2019

As part of our advocacy and campaigning work, Early Childhood Ireland’s Policy Officer Ronan Kennedy attended an event organised by the Children’s Rights Alliance on 24 July.

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National Childcare Scheme

April 2, 2019

Staff from Early Childhood Ireland received very worthwhile training from Pobal last week on the forthcoming National Childcare Scheme, so our Support Point colleagues are ready, willing and able to reply to members’ queries by telephone: 01 405 7103 or email.

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Promoting the need for greater government investment in the early years

February 12, 2019

Members are aware of our continued calls for greater government investment in the early years sector. This remains a central issue in our policy and advocacy work and as part of this, we took the opportunity to host the Social Policy Network meeting last week.

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