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Access to Early Childhood Education and Care

November 16, 2020

This week’s The Big Picture provides a summary of a study that was recently released by Eurofound, which investigates access to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services across Europe.

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Pathways to Better Prospects: update on the IHREC Project

November 9, 2020

In this week’s Big Picture we provide a snapshot of our research project that explores the theme of working conditions amongst early years staff in Ireland.

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Review of the cost of providing quality early learning and care in Ireland

November 2, 2020

This week’s The Big Picture provides a summary of the main findings of a newly published research project launched by the Department of Children, Disability, Equality Integration and Youth launched.

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September 2020

October 29, 2020

Read all the editions of Early Times Weekly from September 2020.

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New Report Release: Cherishing All Equally

October 27, 2020

This week’s The Big Picture provides a summary of a study that was recently released by FEPS and TASC, focusing on the findings that are relevant to the ELC/SAC sector.

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The Big Picture 20 October 2020

October 19, 2020

This week, we give an overview of the reaction to the very disappointing absence of any meaningful funding for our sector in Budget 2021.

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The Big Picture: Budget 2021

October 5, 2020

With Budget 2021 just a week away, we are still working hard to bring our proposals to the attention of policymakers. Our main focus is on reminding the government that Ireland is at the bottom of the investment league for early years and school-age care and urging them and Opposition Parties to address this.

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Programme of consultation on a Workforce Development Plan and a new Funding Model

September 29, 2020

The Big Picture this week reminds our members that the government’s programme of consultation on a Workforce Development Plan and a new Funding Model ends on October 2.

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Dáil question on Pobal responses to providers

September 29, 2020

In this article, we want to highlight a recent response to a Dáil question on the ongoing issues providers are facing with Pobal and how dissatisfied we were with the answer the Minister provided.

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Dáil Update: Parliamentary Questions

September 22, 2020

In this edition of the Big Picture, we look at recent Dáil questions to the Minister for Children that will be of interest to members.

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