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Committee Stage of the Childcare Support Bill 2017

March 13, 2018

On Tuesday 27th February, our Policy Officer Amy McArdle attended at the Committee Stage of the Childcare Support Bill 2017. You will recall that the Bill is before the Dáil, where it is common practice for the Committee Stage consideration to be taken by Select Committee, in this case the Select Committee on Children and Youth Affairs.

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Early Years Education and Training Consultation

January 9, 2018

Opportunity to contribute to the development of early years education and training in Ireland.

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Policy and Implementation Panel 2017-2018

October 17, 2017

Thank you to all members who applied to join ECI's Policy and Implementation Panel 2017-2018. We were delighted by the great level of interest from new and existing Panel members. The Panel is now established with cross-sectoral representation of private and community providers from full-time, part-time, sessional and ECCE only services throughout urban and rural Ireland.

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ACS 52-week Model

January 10, 2017

Following ECI advocacy, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, is to replace the proposed 48-week funding model with a 52-week funding model under the new Affordable Childcare Scheme.

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ECI Advocacy Year in Review 2016

January 10, 2017

Early Childhood Ireland’s dedicated Policy, Advocacy and Communications Team is striving to ensure that Government policy is moving toward a model of childcare in Ireland that can deliver.

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Meeting on the new Affordable Childcare Scheme

November 15, 2016

Yesterday evening, 14th November, we were delighted to welcome more than 40 members to the first in our series of regional meetings with members to discuss the new Affordable Childcare Scheme.

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New Affordable Childcare Scheme

October 29, 2016

DCYA has just published a Policy Paper and an Online Survey seeking your views about the new Affordable Childcare Scheme, which was announced by the Minister as part of Budget 2017.

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