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Our Rural Future: Rural Development Policy 2021 – 2025

April 12, 2021

This week’s The Big Picture provides an overview of the recently launched National Rural Development Policy: Our Rural Future which aims to provide a framework to achieve social and economic development of rural Ireland over the next five years.

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The EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child Guarantee

April 6, 2021

This week’s The Big Picture looks at recently launched EU policy framework, which aims to ensure the protection of rights of all children and secure access to basic services for vulnerable children.

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Policy, Advocacy and Campaigning Team Update: Dáil Questions

April 28, 2020

In a recent edition of The Big Picture, the Policy, Advocacy and Campaigning team outlined a number of Parliamentary Questions that were submitted on our behalf by Opposition TDs to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Some of the questions have now been answered and we are outlining the responses here.

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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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Budget 2020: Early Years and School-Age Childcare Agency

August 20, 2019

In the coming weeks, the Policy and Advocacy team will begin rolling out our Budget 2020 document. We will be asking government to prioritise the establishment of a dedicated statutory Early Years and School-Age Childcare Agency.

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Update on Commercial Rates: Changes proposed by Fianna Fáil

July 17, 2019

As members know, the application of commercial rates to many private settings can contribute significantly to the cost of running an early years service. We recently submitted a Parliamentary Question on commercial rates to the Minister through Anne Rabbitte TD, Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Children and Youth affairs.

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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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July 2018

July 11, 2018

Read all the editions of Early Times Weekly from July 2018.

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