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The dynamics of child poverty in Ireland

June 8, 2021

The Big Picture summarises a new research paper published by the Economic and Social Research Institute that analyses child poverty in Ireland based on data from the Growing Up in Ireland survey.

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The Let’s Get Ready campaign

May 10, 2021

We know the provision of supported, thoughtful transitions are vital to ensure children feel secure in their settings, be that in a new preschool or primary school. The Let’s Get Ready campaign, supported by DCEDIY has lots of materials to enable settings to provide these.

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The National Action Plan for Childminding

April 19, 2021

This week’s The Big Picture provides an overview of the National Actional Plan for Childminding, which was launched last week by Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

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EYES Update 20 April 2021

April 19, 2021

This week, the EYES team are celebrating the 2nd birthday of EYES, we look at TWSS reconciliation and the resumption of Pobal compliance checks for the ECCE programme.

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EYES update 23 March 2021

March 22, 2021

This update shares a number of helpful, informational videos for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare settings during COVID-19, which look at restrictions in the sector.

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EYES Update 2 February 2021

February 1, 2021

Level 5 restrictions have been extended until 5 March. The EYES Team look at the resulting implications of this for the sector in terms of funding, paying staff, FAQs and gatherings.

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EYES Update 19 January 2021

January 18, 2021

This week's EYES update takes a look at the updated Provider FAQs, the new HSE Childcare Facilities phoneline, some of the HSE’s public health messaging, and some important information on the force majeure application process.

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Approaches to Identifying Children or Settings in Need of Additional Support

January 8, 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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Mechanisms to Control Fees Charged to Parents for Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare

December 22, 2020

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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Review of Working Conditions for Staff in Early Learning and Care

December 14, 2020

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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