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National Childcare Scheme welcomed by ECI

March 11, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the launch of the National Childcare Scheme this morning. However, the organisation says that further investment in the early years sector is urgently needed.

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Childcare Barometer 2019

February 13, 2019

Press Release: 87% of Irish adults believe childminders should be Garda vetted and have basic First Aid and other training, the Early Childhood Ireland Childcare Barometer 2019 has shown.

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Support Point Update 18 December 2018

December 18, 2018

This week, we take a look at changes that are due to happen in 2019 including PAYE modernisation, minimum wage increase and school aged childcare registration.

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ECI gives cautious welcome to Budget 2019

October 9, 2018

Budget 2019 delivers important investment in early years care and education in Ireland but accompanying supports for early years providers are needed.

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Preparation for Budget 2019

June 26, 2018

The Policy, Advocacy and Communications team in Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) has been busy developing the organisation’s recommendations to Government for investment in ECEC in Budget 2019.

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Committee Stage of the Childcare Support Bill 2017

March 13, 2018

On Tuesday 27th February, our Policy Officer Amy McArdle attended at the Committee Stage of the Childcare Support Bill 2017. You will recall that the Bill is before the Dáil, where it is common practice for the Committee Stage consideration to be taken by Select Committee, in this case the Select Committee on Children and Youth Affairs.

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Submission: Select Committee on Children & Youth Affairs

March 6, 2018

ECI welcomed the opportunity to make a written submission in advance of Committee Stage of the Childcare Support Bill 2017, which took place on Tuesday 27th February.

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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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Advocacy in Action Jan 4th 2018 introduction

January 4, 2018

In this month’s Advocacy in Action our feature piece is on the Childcare Support Bill, which was presented before the Houses of the Oireachtas in December and is designed to provide the statutory basis for the Affordable Childcare Scheme.

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Affordable Childcare Scheme to be debated in the Oireachtas

January 3, 2018

Minister Zappone recently presented the Childcare Support Bill before the Houses of the Oireachtas, Dáil Eireann and Seanad Eireann. The Bill, which is a proposal for legislation, aims to provide the statutory basis for the Affordable Childcare Scheme.

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