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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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Initiative to Measure and Assess Quality

April 6, 2017

The Minister has announced the start of the process which for the first time, will measure the quality of, and identify best practice in early years provision.

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Update on School Aged Childcare

April 4, 2017

You will recall that the Action Plan on School Age Childcare was launched at the last Early Years Forum meeting on 6th March 2017. The Action Plan sets out the actions that the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Education and Skills need to undertake in order to deliver a child centred and effective model of school age childcare.

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Early Years Capital 2017

March 23, 2017

Applications for Early Years Capital 2017 open tomorrow Friday 24th March 2017. Applications are made using the online application form that is accessed and submitted through the PIP portal.

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Support Point Update 28th Feb 2017

February 28, 2017

This week we have information on breaks for employees, foreign qualifications and the registration of a service expanding to a new location.

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