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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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EYES Update 16 July 2019

July 16, 2019

This week, we focus on managing powdered infant formula in a setting and we ask if you have to offer redundancy to an AIM worker at the end of their two year period with a child in the ECCE scheme.

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More receiving government funded childcare

August 1, 2018

The DCYA recently announced that over 200,000 children now avail of governmental childcare schemes. This includes 119,000 children taking part in the ECCE programme.

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Irish Early Years Sector leads the way in Supporting Children with Additional Needs

April 12, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland will hold its national early years Research Seminar, Conference & AGM 2018 tomorrow Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April.

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Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Guidelines Training Feedback

January 30, 2018

Maureen from Stepping Stones Creche recently attended the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Guidelines Training. Here she tells us how the experience has transformed her practice in relation to diversity, equality and inclusion.

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Support Point Update 12th December 2017

December 12, 2017

This week our Tusla inspection non-compliances series covers qualification requirements, we look at carer's leave and what should be included in your fire safety register.

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Support Point Update September 19th

September 19, 2017

In this week's Support Point we look at safety statements, AIM applications and ask can I claim 4 weeks payment for a child if they cancel their ECCE place last minute before starting in the service?

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Support Point Update 16th May 2017

May 16, 2017

This week in Support Point we talk about accessing AIM supports, holiday entitlements for staff on a 38 week contract and registering as a food business if you provide meals.

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Support Point Update 4th April 2017

April 4, 2017

This week we have information on Relief Staff, Early Years Capital and AIM Applications.

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Year in Review: 2016

January 10, 2017

2016 was a year dominated by change both here in Ireland and across the world stage. Early Childhood Ireland’s main focus was on the developments which impacted on our sector such as the roll-out of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) and of course the Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS).

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