ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 5(Barnardos, 2019) BarnardosIn this issue of Early Years eNews we bring you details of the latest publication from Barnardos and NCN, the recent Pobal report on the early years sector as well as updates on arts bursaries in early years services and new findings from the Growing Up in Ireland study. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 4(Barnardos, 2019) BarnardosFollowing on from the RTÉ Investigates: Crèches, Behind Closed Doors programme broadcast in July, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, made a number of announcements over the summer in an effort to strengthen quality requirements for early years services and in this issue of Early Years eNews we bring you details of some of these. Barnardos welcomes these developments along with the news of a working group to explore the establishment of a professional body, which will strengthen a system of quality early learning and care for all children as well as supporting providers and practitioners in the early years sector. Also to be welcomed is the news of the formal initiation of a project to develop a new Funding Model for Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare and the establishment of an Expert Group to lead this work. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 3(Barnardos, 2019) BarnardosIn this issue of eNews we bring you information about Barnardos new publication, produced in partnership with National Childhood Network, Explore, Play and Learn through the Arts in Pre-school Settings. There is news of other recent launches too, including the implementation plan for First 5, The Universal Guidelines for Early Learning and Care Settings, a new publication on transitions and the LINC Programme Interim Evaluation Report. There is also information about consultations taking place on school age childcare and early years education inspections, and updates on both the review of the QQI awards in early childhood education and care and capital funding. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 2(Barnardos, 2019) BarnardosIn this issue of Early Year eNews we bring you updates about the National Childcare Scheme including information about funding available to early years settings to support its implementation. This issue also provides information about other developments in the sector such as a new elearning programme as part of AIM, guidelines for degree programmes in ECEC and consultation on exemptions for certain children in the ECCE scheme and more. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 1(Barnardos, 2019) BarnardosIn this first issue of Early Year eNews of the year we bring you the welcome news of Regulations that provide for the registration of school age childcare services. This will allow school age services to participate in the forthcoming Affordable Childcare Scheme. This issue also provides information about CPD payments for training in Aistear and Play, new appointments to the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures National Advisory Council, as well a number of reports and studies launched so far this year relating to children and families.