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The Minimum Essential Standard of Living 2018

July 3, 2018

Last week the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) released the 2018 annual update of the Minimum Essential Standard of Living (MESL) dataset. The MESL data has long been established in Ireland as an effective benchmark to assess the adequacy of social welfare payments, the national minimum wage, and is used to calculate the Living Wage in Ireland.

This year’s MESL Update report highlights the importance of services which can reduce the cost of an MESL for households: the role of social housing and assistance with the cost of early years services and in-work income supports like the Working Family Payment.

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Support Point Update 29th May 2018

May 29, 2018

This week we have a Child Record, our Tusla Inspection series looks at Health, Welfare & Development of a child, and we ask "Can I get a breakdown of payments from Pobal"?

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CSO Census Amendments

April 25, 2018

As members may recall, Early Childhood Ireland made a submission to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) about the next Census. We were pleased to receive confirmation earlier this month, that the CSO will pilot our suggested amendments to the Census in September of this year.

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Calling all early years providers

April 10, 2018

The deadline for receipt of the Independent Review of Costs survey is Thursday 12th April. ECI encourages all providers who have not yet completed their survey to do so as a matter of urgency. This piece of work is critical for the future of the sector and the results will without doubt influence early years sector policy and budgets for a number of years.

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Under the Radar Advocacy

April 5, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) was delighted to have a recent policy ‘win’ for our members and that has prompted us in this month’s edition of ‘Advocacy in Action’ to focus on our daily advocacy work which is by its nature somewhat hidden from view.

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Support Point Advocacy

April 5, 2018

Many of our members have told us that Support Point is an invaluable source of information for them. Support Point is also an invaluable source of information for Early Childhood Ireland. Through calls and emails from our members we are better able to understand the issues on the ground and advocate on behalf of the sector.

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Guidance on weather warning

February 28, 2018

Services should consider the safety and welfare of children, staff and parents before deciding whether they could open over the next couple of days given the forecasted weather conditions.

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Support Point Update 13th Feb 2018

February 13, 2018

This week we look at Pobal Capital Grants for 2018, staff rosters and notifying Tusla of changes to your service.

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Support Point Update 6th February 2018

February 6, 2018

In this week's Support Point Update we look at Pobal Capital Grants for 2018 in relation to planning permission, accident and incident records and the notification of incidents to Tusla.

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Editorial: Staffing Crisis

February 1, 2018

What we have heard from our members during the month of January reinforces the findings of our recent staffing survey and Pobal’s latest sector profile: recruitment and retention of staff is now the main challenge facing the early years sector. We have heard daily from members that staffing issues are causing serious sustainability concerns in their services.

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