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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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EYES Update 30 July 2019

July 31, 2019

This week we look at the importance of data security. We ask what changes will take effect with the National Childcare Scheme and we explain the breakdown of hours in each category of service.

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SAC Consultation Update

July 9, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland responded to DCYA's public consultation on regulations and a quality improvement framework for school age childcare by completing the online survey and a written submission.

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EYES Update 25 June 2019

June 25, 2019

This week we look at recent cases in the Workplace Relations Commission. We have info on the National Childcare Scheme, and ask if parents have to be Garda vetted when assisting with events/outings.

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EYES Update 11 June 2019

June 11, 2019

In this week's update, we have information on the contracting stage of the National Childcare Scheme. We also have advice on summer outings, and how to claim reimbursements for FAR training.

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National Childcare Scheme

April 2, 2019

Staff from Early Childhood Ireland received very worthwhile training from Pobal last week on the forthcoming National Childcare Scheme, so our Support Point colleagues are ready, willing and able to reply to members’ queries by telephone: 01 405 7103 or email.

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March 2019

March 27, 2019

Read all the editions of Early Times Weekly from March 2019.

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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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