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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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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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Leadership and Supervision Programme

March 15, 2017

This programme is delivered over three workshops and uses interactive teaching methods to explore the role of Support and Supervision in quality early years provision.

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EU Commission measures Ireland’s Performance on Childcare

February 28, 2017

The European Semester is the framework through which EU Member States discuss their economic and budget plans and monitor progress at specific times throughout the year. Having assessed the EU governments’ plans, the EU Commission presents each country with a set of country-specific recommendations (CSRs) focusing on what can realistically be achieved over the next 12-18 months.

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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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Budget 2017 Analysis

October 12, 2016

The following is an initial briefing on the changes made in the Government’s Budget in the area of early years care and education (ECE).

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