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ELC and SAC Funding Models which Support Provision Quality

May 17, 2021

As part of the First 5 Strategy, Frontier Economics was appointed to produce a set of research papers that will inform the development of a new funding model for our sector.

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Funding Models Addressing Early Childhood Disadvantage

May 9, 2021

As part of the First 5 Strategy, Frontier Economics was appointed to produce a set of research papers that will inform the development of a new funding model for our sector.

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Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020-2025

May 4, 2021

This week's Big Picture looks at the Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020 – 2025 which laid out the Government’s ambition to “Reduce consistent poverty to 2% or less and to make Ireland one of the most socially inclusive countries in the EU”.

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EWSS Continuation Campaign

April 26, 2021

This week’s The Big Picture provides an update on the latest policy developments relating to the Employee Wage Subsidy Scheme(EWSS) for the Childcare Sector and Early Childhood Ireland’s Campaign for the Extension of EWSS supports for the sector until 2022.

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Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality

January 25, 2021

On January 16, the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality met online to discuss the topic of “care”. This week’s The Big Picture provides a summary of the event.

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Review of Working Conditions for Staff in Early Learning and Care

December 14, 2020

As part of the First 5 Strategy, Frontier Economics was appointed to produce a set of research papers that will inform the development of a new funding model for our sector.

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Access to Early Childhood Education and Care

November 16, 2020

This week’s The Big Picture provides a summary of a study that was recently released by Eurofound, which investigates access to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services across Europe.

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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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