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Indefinite extension of targeted Schemes

November 19, 2019

Families currently availing of targeted childcare schemes will be able to stay on these indefinitely, rather than moving to the NCS from Aug 2021. This raises concerns for families and our members.

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EYES Update 19 November 2019

November 18, 2019

In this week's EYES update we take a look at the on-boarding process for the Early Years Hive. We also highlight that the subsidy calculator is online and ready for parents to use.

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EYES Update 12 November 2019

November 11, 2019

This week we share links to important training for the National Childcare Scheme. We clarify the term ‘competent person’ in terms of re-registration and we answer a question on safe sleep policies.

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Public Services Cards and the NCS

October 30, 2019

In order for parents to apply for the new NCS, they will require a valid MyGov.ie account. A MyGov ID is essentially an online version of the Public Service Card (PSC).

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EYES Update 15 October 2019

October 14, 2019

This week we look at safety statements, managing hand, foot and mouth disease and we answer a question on the payment of staff for bank holidays. There is also another chance to answer our survey!

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EYES Update 8 October 2019

October 9, 2019

In this week's EYES Update we discuss the National Childcare Scheme Capital Grants. We also ask for your feedback on the HR topics that interest you the most.

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Budget 2020: Little joy for parents, professionals, or providers

October 8, 2019

New measures in today's Budget will do little to address the legacy of historic underinvestment in early years, Early Childhood Ireland has warned.

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EYES Update 24 September 2019

September 24, 2019

This week we look at carrying out an audit on your premises to ensure they are safe and secure. We have a quarterly roundup from the Workplace Relations Commission, and answer a question on the NCS.

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Early Childhood Ireland in the media

August 27, 2019

Ahead of Budget 2020, Early Childhood Ireland has been active in the media over the last few weeks. We have appeared on RTÉ and Newstalk and been quoted in the Irish Times and Irish Independent, among others.

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Parliamentary Questions Summary: July 2019

August 9, 2019

In July, a number of parliamentary questions (PQs) were submitted by Deputy Anne Rabbitte TD on behalf of Early Childhood Ireland. Each of these focused on an issue or issues affecting our members. Read a summary of PQs and responses here.

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