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Garda Vetting Update 19 January 2021

January 18, 2021

This week we urge you to apply for a GNVB Affiliate Registration Number issued by the Garda National Vetting Bureau (GNVB), which will soon be compulsory in order to access Garda Vetting in the near future.

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Engaging while apart

January 12, 2021

Here we are again, in level 5 restrictions, missing the children and families that participate in our Early Learning and Care services. But this time, we are all wiser and more knowledgeable about how to support our families and care for our ourselves and our staff. To support our members over the coming weeks, we plan to re-share our members’ learnings from the 2020 closure. This week, we focus on providing resources to help you keep your connections with the children and families in your services.

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Pathways to better prospects

December 7, 2020

In this week’s Big Picture we give an overview of the online launch event of our new research report on pay and working conditions in the early years sector.

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International Approaches to Funding ELC and SAC to Reduce Costs for Parents

December 1, 2020

As part of the First 5 Strategy, Frontier Economics was appointed to produce a set of research papers that will inform the development of a new funding model for our sector.

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Membership Renewal 2020

November 10, 2020

For members who were due to renew on 1 October 2020, we are delighted to have been able to extend your membership of Early Childhood Ireland by 3 months this year. In advance of renewal opening on 1 December, we would like to update you on some key points about changes to this year’s renewal process, which will be online due to COVID-19.

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Pathways to Better Prospects: update on the IHREC Project

November 9, 2020

In this week’s Big Picture we provide a snapshot of our research project that explores the theme of working conditions amongst early years staff in Ireland.

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Review of the cost of providing quality early learning and care in Ireland

November 2, 2020

This week’s The Big Picture provides a summary of the main findings of a newly published research project launched by the Department of Children, Disability, Equality Integration and Youth launched.

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Information on virtual AGMs

October 6, 2020

As community members start to hold their AGM’s over the coming months, here are some tips on running virtual AGMs.

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The Big Picture: Budget 2021

October 5, 2020

With Budget 2021 just a week away, we are still working hard to bring our proposals to the attention of policymakers. Our main focus is on reminding the government that Ireland is at the bottom of the investment league for early years and school-age care and urging them and Opposition Parties to address this.

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Programme of consultation on a Workforce Development Plan and a new Funding Model

September 29, 2020

The Big Picture this week reminds our members that the government’s programme of consultation on a Workforce Development Plan and a new Funding Model ends on October 2.

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