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National Childcare Scheme welcomed by ECI

March 11, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the launch of the National Childcare Scheme this morning. However, the organisation says that further investment in the early years sector is urgently needed.

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Staffing crisis in female-led childcare sector threatens future of services

March 8, 2019

The detrimental impact of the early years staffing crisis is made clear in a new survey published by Early Childhood Ireland to coincide with International Women’s Day.

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Childcare Barometer 2019

February 13, 2019

Press Release: 87% of Irish adults believe childminders should be Garda vetted and have basic First Aid and other training, the Early Childhood Ireland Childcare Barometer 2019 has shown.

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Early Childhood Ireland welcomes publication of ‘First 5’, the national early years strategy

November 19, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the publication this morning of First 5, the long-awaited national early years strategy for Ireland. This cross-Departmental, ten-year plan is an important milestone for babies, children, their families, and communities around the country.

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ECI gives cautious welcome to Budget 2019

October 9, 2018

Budget 2019 delivers important investment in early years care and education in Ireland but accompanying supports for early years providers are needed.

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Irish Early Years Sector leads the way in Supporting Children with Additional Needs

April 12, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland will hold its national early years Research Seminar, Conference & AGM 2018 tomorrow Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April.

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Press Release: Early Childhood Ireland’s National Pyjama Day takes place today!

March 9, 2018

60,000 children are wearing their pyjamas into 1,285 early childhood settings across Ireland today, with the funds raised by sponsorship helping to support charities working with children under the age of 6 who have additional needs.

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ECI launches first annual Childcare Barometer

February 14, 2018

ECI-RedC poll shows widespread public support for increased investment in childcare.

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Editorial: Staffing Crisis

February 1, 2018

What we have heard from our members during the month of January reinforces the findings of our recent staffing survey and Pobal’s latest sector profile: recruitment and retention of staff is now the main challenge facing the early years sector. We have heard daily from members that staffing issues are causing serious sustainability concerns in their services.

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Historic Dáil debate on Childcare to take place today

January 31, 2018

As the Dáil begins its first debate on the new Childcare Support Bill from Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone this evening, Early Childhood Ireland is releasing top line results from its first ever nationwide opinion poll on public attitudes towards childcare.

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