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Dáil question on Pobal responses to providers

September 29, 2020

In this article, we want to highlight a recent response to a Dáil question on the ongoing issues providers are facing with Pobal and how dissatisfied we were with the answer the Minister provided.

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Dealing with the Pandemic: Member Consultation Project

August 17, 2020

In this week’s Big Picture we provide preliminary results of our consultation project that assessed how members have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and future challenges.

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Statistical Spotlight: Young Travellers in Ireland

April 28, 2020

This week’s The Big Picture provides a summary of a study that was recently released by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs which provided detailed data on children and young persons who are members of the Traveller community in Ireland.

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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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