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Government must seize opportunities presented by Covid-19 crisis to build more coherent childcare sector

September 1, 2020

As members reopen for the 2020/21 year, Early Childhood Ireland is calling on the government to provide for increased and sustained investment in our vital sector.

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ESRI: The Implications of Covid-19 for policy in relation to children and young people

July 28, 2020

The Big Picture this week summarises a new research paper published by the ESRI that maps the potential impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on children and young people.

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The Future of the DCYA

May 11, 2020

In this week’s edition of the Big Picture, we take a more in-depth look at the possibility that the Department of Children and Youth Affairs may be disbanded by the incoming government.

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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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Parental Leave

November 5, 2019

This week we take a look at the recent introduction of two weeks of paid Parental Leave, how the new leave will work and the plans to increase paid leave in the first years of a child’s life.

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Promoting the need for greater government investment in the early years

February 12, 2019

Members are aware of our continued calls for greater government investment in the early years sector. This remains a central issue in our policy and advocacy work and as part of this, we took the opportunity to host the Social Policy Network meeting last week.

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Support Point – Our information and advice service

September 18, 2018

Support Point is an information and advice service for Early Childhood Ireland members. Using our dedicated phone line and email address, members can speak with Support Point directly.

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