ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 5(Barnardos, 2018) BarnardosIn this final issue of Early Year eNews this year we bring you the welcomed news of the launch of First 5, A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families. This first ever cross-Departmental strategy is a 10-year plan to support babies, young children and their families. It recognises the importance of a child’s development in their early years and how crucial the role of play, supporting parents and providing timely healthcare and quality early learning care environments are. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 4(Barnardos, 2018) BarnardosIn this issue of Early Year eNews we bring you information about significant developments in the early years sector including the launch of Tusla Early Years Inspectorate's Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF). The QRF will be an invaluable support to early years services to comply with the Early Years Regulations 2016. Barnardos have worked with Tusla to develop supports for services in developing policies to meet the requirements of the Early Years Regulations 2016, including a guidebook, policy samples/templates and other documents. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 3(Barnardos, 2018) BarnardosIn this issue of Early Year eNews we bring you updates about the long-awaited National Early Years Strategy. When in place, this Strategy will help to ensure that the importance of early childhood is widely recognised. It will support all children in Ireland to have their needs met and to develop to their full potential through positive learning experiences in all environments. This issue brings you updates about other developments in the early years sector as well as other issues pertaining to children and families. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 2(Barnardos, 2018) BarnardosBarnardos were delighted to attend the Early Childhood Ireland conference in Croke Park last weekend and even more delighted by some announcements made at the event by Minister Katherine Zappone, including the news that €3 million will be invested into CPD for early years educators. While the full details haven't yet been released we know that the CPD initiative will be managed by Better Start and that a proper CPD infrastructure, including supports and funding, will be developed. In addition, the Minister stated that consideration will be given to extending AIM to younger children, another very welcome development. In this issue we bring you updates on other developments in the areas of early years and children and families as well as information about Barnardos training events coming up, new publications available and additions to our library resources. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 1(Barnardos, 2018) BarnardosThere have been a lot of developments in early years education and care already this year and in this issue we include updates on the Affordable Childcare Scheme and the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM). We also bring details of two reports recently published on Early-Years Education Focused Inspections and on Tusla Early Years Inspections. We also bring the very welcome news of the change in recruitment policy for future Tusla Early Years Inspectors, which will allow various professions to apply for these posts, including for the first time graduates from early years care and education.