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DCYA Announce €7 million in Capital Funding for Childcare Services
17 April, 2015

DCYA Announce €7 million in Capital Funding for Childcare Services

Wednesday 16th April 2015 Dr. James Reilly T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today announced the launch of capital funding totalling €7 million for Early Years services. Minister Reilly stated: “I am happy to be in the position to announce a new scheme of capital funding for early years services. This demonstrates the on-going commitment of this Government to developing quality childcare provision in Ireland.” The Minister announced that €5 million...

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Aistear Síolta Practice Guide
12 March, 2015

Aistear Síolta Practice Guide

  The purpose of the Practice Guide is to support practitioners in using Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (2009a) and Síolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education (2006) together to develop the quality of their curriculum and in doing so, to better support children’s learning and development. The Practice Guide is based on the understanding that settings are compliant with, or are working to become compliant with The Child Care (Pre-Scho...

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Better Start National Early Years Quality Development
18 February, 2015

Better Start National Early Years Quality Development

Introduction Better Start is a national initiative established by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to bring an integrated national approach to supporting quality in Early Years Education and Care (ECEC) for children from birth to 6 years in Ireland. The new initiative will also provide a specialist on site mentoring service, the Better Start Quality Development Service. In the first year, priority will be given to larger, full day care services catering for 40+ children aged fr...

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