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Who wants what for childcare in Budget 2018?

October 10, 2017

Today, Tuesday 10th October 2017, Budget 2018 is being announced by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD. ECI is outside Leinster House recording the announcements as they are made, giving our reaction on the ‘childcare measures’ to the media, and preparing an analysis of the Budget for our members, which you can read in next week’s Early Times Weekly.

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Affordable Childcare Case Study Series

July 12, 2017

This is the first in a series of case studies designed to help you better understand how More Affordable Childcare will work when it begins in September. The series begins with the parents perspective. Later in the series we will look at the experience from the point of view of childcare providers. Today we meet Marc, Helen and their 16 month old son Noah.

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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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Initiative to Measure and Assess Quality

April 6, 2017

The Minister has announced the start of the process which for the first time, will measure the quality of, and identify best practice in early years provision.

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Update on School Aged Childcare

April 4, 2017

You will recall that the Action Plan on School Age Childcare was launched at the last Early Years Forum meeting on 6th March 2017. The Action Plan sets out the actions that the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Education and Skills need to undertake in order to deliver a child centred and effective model of school age childcare.

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Minister Zappone commits to carrying out independent review of cost of quality childcare

April 1, 2017

Speaking at Early Childhood Ireland’s annual conference in UCD, Minister Zappone said the independent review will feed into future policy development and review of subsidy levels. She said it will be an important contributor to establishing a firm evidence base for investment by the State in both affordability and quality.

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€4 million childcare funding welcome, but proper planning remains a priority

March 20, 2017

Plans announced today to provide €4 million in capital funding to improve and expand childcare services is a welcome development. However, proper planning is urgently needed to avoid a potential shortage of childcare in some areas and a possible oversupply in others, Early Childhood Ireland has said.

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€3 million for school age childcare a positive step but proper planning and regulation must be a priority

March 7, 2017

Plans announced today to provide €3 million to support services aimed at school going children is a positive development, but proper planning to ensure that these services are sustainable and regulation of the sector must be a priority according to Early Childhood Ireland.

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Support Point Update 7th March 2017

March 7, 2017

In this week's update we have information on having a dress code for staff, commerical rates exemption for private providers who provide ECCE only and non-contact time payment update.

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Valuing the Early Childhood Professional – Annual Conference

February 21, 2017

This conference is about drawing attention to the enormous contribution that the early childhood professional makes to children, families and communities.

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