Reaction from Early Childhood Ireland to IDG report published today

Reaction from Teresa Heeney CEO of Early Childhood Ireland to IDG report published today entitled 
‘Supporting Access to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme for Children with a Disability’:

“This plan and investment announced for children with additional needs at […]

Early childcare workers to require level 5 qualification

New regulations to include fresh inspection rules, says Minister for Children James Reilly

ll staff working with children in early years settings will be required to have a nationally recognised Level 5 qualification under new regulations to be published shortly, Minister […]

Concerns that Crèche fees will rise with minimum wage hike

There are growing concerns that parents will face a hike in the cost of crèche fees in the New Year.
When Finance Minister Michael Noonan confirmed in last week’s Budget that the minimum wage would rise by 50c to €9.15, experts […]

Parents can still apply for place on free preschool scheme

Scheme to be expanded to two years from September reducing need to put off enrolment
Parents who put off sending their children to preschool in September have been offered a chance to enrol them now – provided they can find a […]

Examples of How Expansion of ECCE Scheme Will Work

Examples of How Expansion of ECCE Scheme Will Work
The following are examples taken from Early Childhood Ireland’s Briefing of Childcare Related Changed in Budget 2016.
Expansion of ECCE (Free Pre-School)
Early Childhood Ireland understand that:

The ‘free pre-school year’ has been extended to allow children take […]

Briefing of Childcare Related Changed in Budget 2016

Briefing for Childcare Providers From Budget 2016 as compiled by Early Childhood Ireland.
Early Childhood Ireland has released their briefing on the main childcare related points of budget 2016.

These article includes:

Expansion of ECCE (Free Pre-School)
Examples of how the expansion of ECCE will […]

‘Not enough places’ for free childcare scheme

Budget promises on free childcare are already in doubt, with major concerns about the sector’s capacity to cope with the sheer numbers involved.
The Government has pledged to provide additional months of free care for children from the age of three […]

Childcare package will not help parents paying for preschool

Free preschool measures not expected to be introduced until September 2016
Parents of children paying for pre-school care will not benefit from the childcare measures announced in Budget 2016.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said the €1.1 billion increase […]