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DES inspection update

October 23, 2018

Early years settings will receive an updated ‘Guide to Early Years Education Inspections’ (EYEI). The guide has been updated to reflect the introduction of the new Follow-through Inspection Model.

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Support Effective Transitions in Early Years

July 9, 2018

On June 14th, ECI joined with the INTO for an historic seminar focusing on transitions from preschool to primary. Read the keynote address by Harold Hislop.

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Annual Conference – Panel Discussion

April 4, 2018

The panel session at our Annual Conference will facilitate an in-depth reflection on the sector and the issues which affect it. Secure your place today & raise your voice at this important discussion.

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Early Years Education and Training Consultation

January 9, 2018

Opportunity to contribute to the development of early years education and training in Ireland.

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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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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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Making Learning Visible – Documenting the Early Childhood Curriculum

January 11, 2017

Documenting the Early Childhood Curriculum and making learning visible is a key requirement of the DES Education Focused Inspections. This programme is delivered over three workshops and will support educators document children’s learning and use this documentation to plan relevant and meaningful learning experiences for children.

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ECI Advocacy Year in Review 2016

January 10, 2017

Early Childhood Ireland’s dedicated Policy, Advocacy and Communications Team is striving to ensure that Government policy is moving toward a model of childcare in Ireland that can deliver.

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Quality in Action-Showcase Seminar, Limerick

January 6, 2017

New Limerick showcase event on 18th February in the Radisson Blu Hotel. Hear from settings who have been Síolta Validated and/or who have had their DES Early Years Education Focused Inspection.

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