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National Childcare Scheme welcomed by ECI

March 11, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the launch of the National Childcare Scheme this morning. However, the organisation says that further investment in the early years sector is urgently needed.

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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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Budget 2019

October 16, 2018

Minister Paschal Donohue TD announced an increase of €89 million in funding for early years in Budget 2019. We have completed an analysis of the measures introduced that will impact upon you.

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Minister Announces CPD Infrastructure

April 17, 2018

We were delighted that the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, used her keynote address to the ECI 2018 conference on 14th April to announce an important new CPD initiative.

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Minister Zappone updates the Children’s Committee of the Oireachtas on the Affordable Childcare Scheme

January 30, 2018

Last Wednesday, 24th January 2018, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs.

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Advocacy in Action Jan 4th 2018 introduction

January 4, 2018

In this month’s Advocacy in Action our feature piece is on the Childcare Support Bill, which was presented before the Houses of the Oireachtas in December and is designed to provide the statutory basis for the Affordable Childcare Scheme.

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Affordable Childcare Scheme to be debated in the Oireachtas

January 3, 2018

Minister Zappone recently presented the Childcare Support Bill before the Houses of the Oireachtas, Dáil Eireann and Seanad Eireann. The Bill, which is a proposal for legislation, aims to provide the statutory basis for the Affordable Childcare Scheme.

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ECI Annual Conference & AGM 2018

December 1, 2017

Our Annual Conference "Coming Together in Difference: Leadership in Inclusion, Equality & Diversity" takes place on April 13th & 14th 2018.

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Ashleigh House Creche Opening

November 14, 2017

Our Policy Officer, Amy McArdle, was delighted to attend the opening of the Ashleigh House ‘Bill Foley Early Years Preschool and Creche’ on Thursday 9th November.

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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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