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89% of respondents in favour of scheme to support frontline workers

April 15, 2020

Eighty-nine per cent of respondents want to support frontline workers through a specially-designed childcare scheme, according to survey results released today (15.04.20).

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Early Childhood Ireland seeks urgent clarification on wage subsidy scheme for childcare sector

April 7, 2020

Press Release: Early Childhood Ireland has called for an urgent update from the DCYA on the proposed government Wage Subsidy Scheme for the sector.

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Early Childhood Ireland highlights three vital initiatives for next Programme for Government

January 24, 2020

Early Childhood Ireland has written to general election candidates in every constituency this week, asking them to support three vital initiatives in the next Programme for Government.

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ECI urges concerned crèches to get in touch

December 18, 2019

Please see our press release which was sent to national media this morning. As you can see we have raised the key issues relating to the insurance situation which has unfolded over the last few days.

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Five charities to benefit from PJ Day Fund 2019

December 11, 2019

ECI is delighted to announce the recipients of the National Pyjama Day Fund 2019. A total of 5 charities will benefit from grants from the Fund, which this year amounts to €280,000.

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Press Release: RTÉ Investigates Update

August 1, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland remains deeply concerned about the multiple issues raised in the RTÉ Investigates programme on crèches, which aired last week.

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RTÉ Investigates: Creches-Behind Closed Doors

July 25, 2019

We are very concerned about the issues raised in RTÉ Investigates. We now expect that the statutory authorities will take whatever action necessary to ensure the matters are investigated & addressed.

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Early Childhood Ireland welcomes news 800,000 children have benefited from ECCE programme

May 8, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland has welcomed figures showing that 800,000 children have benefited from the ECCE preschool programme since 2010. The figures were released yesterday by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

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Early Childhood Ireland welcomes news of record number of women in the workforce

April 24, 2019

The organisation says this highlights the importance of providing for well-paid family leave

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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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