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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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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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