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The Early Years Forum, 6th Nov 2017

November 14, 2017

On Mon 6th Nov, Cathy Bent from Sophia Housing Crèche in Donabate accompanied ECI’s CEO Teresa Heeney to the 5th meeting of the Early Years Forum in the Mansion House in Dublin.

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Call for Evidence to Inform an Independent Review of the Cost of Providing Quality Childcare

November 7, 2017

DCYA today announced the first part of the Independent Review of the cost of providing quality childcare: a call for evidence, which will inform subsequent stages of the Independent Review. Following this initial piece of evidence gathering, Crowe Horwath will engage with childcare providers in the form of a survey, interviews, focus groups, and consultation with sector representative bodies and other stakeholders.

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Childcare providers to brief Oireachtas on new ‘More Affordable Childcare’

October 4, 2017

Childcare operators from Tallaght and Sligo will today brief members of the Oireachtas about their direct experiences of delivering More Affordable Childcare for the first time.

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Political Briefing with Oireachtas Members on More Affordable Childcare

October 3, 2017

Tuesday 3rd October 2017, Early Childhood Ireland is front and centre of a political briefing with Oireachtas members on More Affordable Childcare. The briefing is being hosted by Deputy Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs, who is a consistent voice in the Early Childhood Care and Education.

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Support Point Update 3rd Oct 2017

October 3, 2017

This week we look at maternity leave entitlements, collections policy in light of parental disputes & we ask if Transition year students have to be Garda vetted.

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Affordable Childcare Case Study Series

July 12, 2017

This is the first in a series of case studies designed to help you better understand how More Affordable Childcare will work when it begins in September. The series begins with the parents perspective. Later in the series we will look at the experience from the point of view of childcare providers. Today we meet Marc, Helen and their 16 month old son Noah.

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Childcare Supports for Homeless Families and Programme Refugees

July 11, 2017

On Monday 10th July 2017, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, announced extended supports for families experiencing homelessness and new supports for programme refugees under the CCS Resettlement/Relocation/Transition.

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ACS Likely to Put Pressure on the Sector

April 12, 2017

The current plans for the Affordable Childcare Scheme will increase expectations of parents while putting pressure on the sector which cannot deliver due to the inability to attract staff.

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Increased uptake of free pre-school year welcome but major obstacles remain ahead of further roll out

March 6, 2017

A new report issued today shows that the number of children availing of the free pre-school year continues to grow and that uptake is due to double this year. Early Childhood Ireland has welcomed this development but has expressed concerns about the significant challenges that remain if the major expansion of the scheme is to be effective.

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