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EYES Update 16 February 2021

February 15, 2021

An announcement on the extension to Capital Grant 2021 deadline. Meanwhile, our team looks at recently announced Funding Agreement for the sector, as well as some new guidance and advice from the HSE.

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International Comparisons of Fees, Staff Wages and Public Investment in Early Learning and Care

November 24, 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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The Big Picture 20 October 2020

October 19, 2020

This week, we give an overview of the reaction to the very disappointing absence of any meaningful funding for our sector in Budget 2021.

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Update: Pobal Payment Issues

November 27, 2019

This week we outline our ongoing work on the problems our members face with Pobal. We highlight the approach Early Childhood Ireland is taking with a view to getting answers and action for our members.

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Support Point Update 14 August 2018

August 14, 2018

In this week's update, we look at the 2018/2019 DCYA programme funding rules, and our question of the week covers outing consent forms.

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Preparation for Budget 2019

June 26, 2018

The Policy, Advocacy and Communications team in Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) has been busy developing the organisation’s recommendations to Government for investment in ECEC in Budget 2019.

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Funding opportunities

February 6, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland is aware of the challenges our members face in running a sustainable service. We have developed a new section of the weekly e-zine to focus on funding opportunities to assist members identify potential supports for their service.

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Early Years Capital 2017

March 23, 2017

Applications for Early Years Capital 2017 open tomorrow Friday 24th March 2017. Applications are made using the online application form that is accessed and submitted through the PIP portal.

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Newsflash: Update on Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS)

January 25, 2017

The key areas to be covered by the legislation underpinning the new Affordable Childcare Scheme (ACS) will be published on the DCYA website shortly along with updated FAQs.

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