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Support Point Update 26 March 2019

March 26, 2019

We look at the recruitment and selection process. We also highlight the Capital Grants deadline and look at the newly announced programme support payment from the DCYA. Member login required

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Annual Conference 2019 – Masterclasses

March 4, 2019

There will be an inspiring selection of Masterclasses and Information Seminars at our Annual Conference 2019. The topics chosen are closely aligned to the four goals of the First 5 Strategy.

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Take 5 for First 5

February 13, 2019

First 5 envisages a 30% graduate led workforce for the sector by 2021, building to 50% by 2028. We ask the Minister what additional supports will be put in place to help get settings to that point.

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Childcare Barometer 2019

February 13, 2019

Press Release: 87% of Irish adults believe childminders should be Garda vetted and have basic First Aid and other training, the Early Childhood Ireland Childcare Barometer 2019 has shown.

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December 2018

January 4, 2019

Read all the editions of Early Times Weekly from December 2018.

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Support Point Update 11 December 2018

December 11, 2018

This week we look at public holidays over Christmas, 2018 in review and attendance records.

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ECI Welcomes the First 5 Strategy

November 21, 2018

Ireland’s first ever early years strategy, First 5, was published to much fanfare yesterday.

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Early Childhood Ireland welcomes publication of ‘First 5’, the national early years strategy

November 19, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the publication this morning of First 5, the long-awaited national early years strategy for Ireland. This cross-Departmental, ten-year plan is an important milestone for babies, children, their families, and communities around the country.

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