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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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Majority of childcare providers will not increase fees in 2017

August 15, 2017

Media interest in childcare fees has increased ahead of the roll out of ‘More Affordable Childcare’. Our survey reveals that the majority of childcare providers will not increase fees in 2017.

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Childcare Supports for Homeless Families and Programme Refugees

July 11, 2017

On Monday 10th July 2017, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, announced extended supports for families experiencing homelessness and new supports for programme refugees under the CCS Resettlement/Relocation/Transition.

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Lobbying for the Early Years Sector

May 16, 2017

On Tuesday 9th May, ECI Policy Officer Amy McArdle attended the Children’s Rights Alliance AGM and Annual Conference, which included a political panel discussion on early years reform. The discussion was wide ranging and the prevalent issues were around quality, professionalisation and pay and conditions.

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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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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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ACP Day of Action

November 15, 2016

Today (Tuesday, November 15th) saw a gathering of people from across the sector for a day of action outside Dail Eireann.

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New Affordable Childcare Scheme

October 29, 2016

DCYA has just published a Policy Paper and an Online Survey seeking your views about the new Affordable Childcare Scheme, which was announced by the Minister as part of Budget 2017.

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Budget Day 2017

October 11, 2016

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The Real Cost of Providing Childcare Launch

October 4, 2016

Last Thursday, 29th September 2016, ECI lunched our new report, ‘Doing the Sums: The Real Cost of Providing Childcare’.

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