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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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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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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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Independent Review on the Cost of Providing Quality Childcare

December 12, 2017

Crowe Horwath are undertaking an independent review on the cost of providing quality childcare on behalf of DCYA. In response to their call for evidence, the initial information gathering part of the review, ECI submitted a variety of studies and reports, both our own and external, which we believe are essential reading to understand the complexities and challenges facing the early childhood care and education sector.

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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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Support Point Update 24th Oct 2017

October 24, 2017

In this week's Support Point we have a piece on the implications of closures due to Storm Ophelia; a piece on Changes to ECCE Enrolment and an update on the Learner Fund Bursary.

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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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ECI Advocacy in Action

May 9, 2017

Last week the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020 was published and ECI was delighted to see several of our recommendations reflected in the Strategy...

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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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