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The future of the Irish Social Welfare System

March 29, 2021

This week’s The Big Picture looks at a recent study released by the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), which investigates if the Irish welfare system is fit for the 21st century.

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EYES update 23 March 2021

March 22, 2021

This update shares a number of helpful, informational videos for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare settings during COVID-19, which look at restrictions in the sector.

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The Workforce Development Plan

March 22, 2021

The Big Picture this week provides an update on the Workforce Development Plan.

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Mechanisms to Control Fees Charged to Parents for Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare

December 22, 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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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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EYES Update 16 June 2020

June 16, 2020

This week we recap on our recent webinar and look at differing views on the accrual of annual leave. We also have updates on our policy templates, summer camps and the Reopening Funding Package FAQs.

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EYES Update 10 June 2020

June 9, 2020

This week's EYES update looks at the new DCYA First 5 guidance for reopening webpage, and the various resources which are now available to providers through this.

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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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