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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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Launch of Early Childhood Ireland Childcare Barometer 2020

February 17, 2020

Early Childhood Ireland was delighted to launch the 2020 edition of the Early Childhood Ireland Childcare Barometer on Thursday 13 February. This third edition of the Barometer shows that a majority of adults in Ireland (71%) feel the next government should prioritise greater investment in childcare.

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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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Indefinite extension of targeted Schemes

November 19, 2019

Families currently availing of targeted childcare schemes will be able to stay on these indefinitely, rather than moving to the NCS from Aug 2021. This raises concerns for families and our members.

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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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