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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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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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ACS 52-week Model

January 10, 2017

Following ECI advocacy, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, is to replace the proposed 48-week funding model with a 52-week funding model under the new Affordable Childcare Scheme.

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Press Release

December 16, 2016

Our initial reaction to the new Free Childcare for Homeless Children scheme announced by the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs on Thursday 15th December.

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CEO update: Early Years Forum, Monday 28th November 2016

December 6, 2016

We are delighted to bring you an update from the second meeting of the Early Years Forum in DCYA, from ECI’s very own Policy and Implementation Panel representative Paula Hilliard.

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