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Minister Bruton and Minister Zappone publish Review of Education-Focused Inspections of Early Years

The report draws from the findings of 867 inspections conducted nationally on providers delivering the state funded Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Free Preschool Programme. These inspections were undertaken to specifically evaluate the quality of children’s learning and development within these settings.

Key insights:

Almost all Early Years services provide warm, welcoming and safe environments […]

February 2nd, 2018|Categories: News|

Government to provide additional funding of €3.2 million for pre-school supports for children with a disability

Minister Zappone has announced funding of €3.2 million for the latest addition to the suite of pre-school supports for children with a disability provided under the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM).

AIM Inclusive Play is a set of resources to support inclusive practice within pre-school settings. These resources, which include equipment, toys and materials, also support […]

January 16th, 2018|Categories: News|

Limerick leads the way in Outdoor Play

Limerick Childcare Committee, in partnership with Limerick Children and Young People’s Services Committee and Limerick City and County Council, has awarded a tender to Early Childhood Ireland for the Provision of Mentoring Support to Early Years and After School Settings in Outdoor Play in Limerick City and County.  Early Childhood Ireland is the national organisation […]

January 15th, 2018|Categories: News|

Children First Act 2015 – Q & A

The National Early Years Children First Office has produced a very useful Q & A document on the Children First Act 2015.  Document can be downloaded here.

January 12th, 2018|Categories: News|

Capital funding announced for Early Years and School Age childcare services

Outdoor play areas, extra spaces and essential maintenance are to be supported by capital funding for childcare services in 2018, according to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.  The Minister also confirmed that applications will open in February 2018 to ensure children of all ages will benefit as soon as possible.

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December 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|

Treoir do Thuismitheoirí maidir le Cláir Náisiúnta Mhaoinithe um Chúram Leanaí 2017/2018

Tá áthas orainn an foilsiú seo a thabhairt díobh as Gaeilge, buíochas len ár gcairde i Dublin City Childcare Committee. Tá súil againn go mbeidh sé úsáideach díobh.  Faigh anseo.

November 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|

Tusla Early Years Inspectorate issues its first newsletter

Click here to read the first edition of Tusla’s Early Years Newsletter issued to registered childcare providers this month.

November 13th, 2017|Categories: News|

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Training Programme.

Training to support early years educators engage with “Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education” is being delivered in Limerick in November.  Further details on our Training page.

November 9th, 2017|Categories: News|

National Síolta Aistear Initiative Newsletter

In the 2nd edition of this national newsletter, practitioners from Stepping Stones Pre-School in Bruree give their comments on ‘Introducing the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide’, a workshop facilitated by Limerick Childcare Committee which they attended in May this year.  Read their comments and more in NSAI Newsletter

November 8th, 2017|Categories: News|

Minister Zappone launches 2016-2017 Early Years Sector Profile

Report provides insight into childcare numbers, fees, staff qualifications and wages

Developed by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Thursday 26th October 2017: Minister Katherine Zappone today launched the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2016-2017 developed and published by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

The report, which presents an overview of the […]

October 26th, 2017|Categories: News|

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