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Wages in the Early Years Sector

February 1, 2018

In the first edition of Advocacy in Action (December 2017), our feature article looked at the trend in the sector toward improving sustainability through an ECCE-only model of early years provision. ECI first identified this trend in our seminal report Doing the Sums: The Cost of Providing Childcare (September 2016), which has since been supported by Pobal’s latest Early Years Sector Profile 2016/2017. This month’s feature article revisits the Pobal report and compares its findings on wages in the sector with those in our own report.

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An Uncomfortable Truth: The risk of poverty working in Early Childhood Care and Education

October 24, 2017

Tuesday 17th October marked International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017. Each year, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection supports small initiatives to promote awareness of the Day and issues of poverty and social exclusion. This year the Department funded Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) to produce three videos capturing the impact of poor pay and conditions in the early childhood care and education (ECE) sector on the lives of early years educators.

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