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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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Newsflash: Update on Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS)

January 25, 2017

The key areas to be covered by the legislation underpinning the new Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS) will be published on the DCYA website shortly along with updated FAQs.

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CCS Resettlement, Relocation and Transition 2016/2017

January 25, 2017

Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the publication of additional detail about the CCS Resettlement, Relocation and Transition 2016/2017, which will support children experiencing homelessness in Dublin to access 15 hours of free childcare per week for up to 33 weeks in 2017.

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