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ELC and SAC Funding Models which Support Provision Quality

May 17, 2021

As part of the First 5 Strategy, Frontier Economics was appointed to produce a set of research papers that will inform the development of a new funding model for our sector.

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Funding Models Addressing Early Childhood Disadvantage

May 9, 2021

As part of the First 5 Strategy, Frontier Economics was appointed to produce a set of research papers that will inform the development of a new funding model for our sector.

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EWSS Continuation Campaign

April 26, 2021

This week’s The Big Picture provides an update on the latest policy developments relating to the Employee Wage Subsidy Scheme(EWSS) for the Childcare Sector and Early Childhood Ireland’s Campaign for the Extension of EWSS supports for the sector until 2022.

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Women and labour market equality: Has COVID-19 rolled back recent gains?

February 8, 2021

The Big Picture provides a summary of a Eurofound study which investigates the evolution of gender disparities in the labour market and the unequal impact that the COVID-19 crisis is having on women.

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The Future of the DCYA

May 11, 2020

In this week’s edition of the Big Picture, we take a more in-depth look at the possibility that the Department of Children and Youth Affairs may be disbanded by the incoming government.

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Policy, Advocacy and Campaigning Team Update: Dáil Questions

April 28, 2020

In a recent edition of The Big Picture, the Policy, Advocacy and Campaigning team outlined a number of Parliamentary Questions that were submitted on our behalf by Opposition TDs to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Some of the questions have now been answered and we are outlining the responses here.

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Report Card 2020

March 9, 2020

Our Research Officer, Dr. Danielle Santanna, provides a summary of the Report Card 2020, an annual publication that assesses if the government has been keeping its promises to children.

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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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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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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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