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AIM & Higher Capitation Payment Delays

December 3, 2019

This week, we provide a detailed update on our work with TDs to seek clarity on the unacceptable delays experienced by our members in the processing of Higher Capitation and AIM payments.

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Update: Pobal Payment Issues

November 27, 2019

This week we outline our ongoing work on the problems our members face with Pobal. We highlight the approach Early Childhood Ireland is taking with a view to getting answers and action for our members.

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EYES Update 29 October 2019

October 29, 2019

This week the EYES team looks at a higher capitation announcement from Pobal. We discuss equipment, offer reminders on outbreaks, and answer your question on safe sleep and sessional services.

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Press Release: RTÉ Investigates Update

August 1, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland remains deeply concerned about the multiple issues raised in the RTÉ Investigates programme on crèches, which aired last week.

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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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Support Point Update 26 March 2019

March 26, 2019

We look at the recruitment and selection process. We also highlight the Capital Grants deadline and look at the newly announced programme support payment from the DCYA. Member login required

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Capital Grant applications now open

February 26, 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone announced the opening of applications for the 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes on Monday 25th February.

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Support Point Update 15 January 2019

January 15, 2019

This week, we look at infection control, attendance records, and meningitis concerns. We also invite you to participate in a focus group for our new Early Years Employment Service.

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December 2018

January 4, 2019

Read all the editions of Early Times Weekly from December 2018.

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Pobal Early Years Profile 2017/2018 – Part Two

December 18, 2018

In the second part of our profile summary, we look at findings on staff recruitment and retention, fees and commercial rates.

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