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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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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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