ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 5(Barnardos, 2017) BarnardosThe newly commenced provisions of the Children First Act, including mandated reporting, came into effect on 11th December and this will impact all those working with children. In Barnardos, we are busy updating our training programmes to reflect these changes and our new programmes will be available from mid-January 2018. We have produced a free parent's booklet on Child Protection and will have a handbook for early years educators available early 2018. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 4(Barnardos, 2017) BarnardosThe Affordable Childcare Scheme has been in the news in the past couple of weeks, with concerns that that just 60% of early years settings in Ireland have registered for the Scheme. The announcement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the creation of more affordable childcare is a priority for Government must be welcomed. We must remember though that quality should also be top of the agenda, children have a right to quality care and education that supports their wellbeing, learning and development. In this issue of Early years eNews we bring you news of a review by the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs into the cost of delivering quality childcare, the findings of which will impact on future Government investment. We also have details of a new report that looks at the working conditions of professionals in the early childhood care and education sector, as well as other news and developments. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 3(Barnardos, 2017) BarnardosIn this issue of Early Years eNews we bring you information on some recent announcements by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs including an extra €3.5m to be made available to childcare providers in the form of a ‘non-contact time payment’, the launch of the public information campaign on the single affordable childcare scheme, and information on funding for play and recreation projects. We also include details of the National Strategy for Women and Girls 2017-2020, which identifies the need for affordable and quality childcare, and information on a recently published Review of Occupational Role Profiles in ECCE among other news and developments. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 2(Barnardos, 2017) BarnardosIn this issue of Early Years eNews we bring you details of Barnardos new online course for early years educators on learning environments. This free course looks at the range and nature of environmental influences on children's development and practical ways educators can prepare and maintain indoor and outdoor environments to stimulate children's senses. This issue also contains information on the delivery of more affordable childcare from September, the Action Plan on School Age Childcare and capital funding for pre-school services, among other news and developments. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 1(Barnardos, 2017) BarnardosThis issue of Early Years eNews brings you information on extended funding supports for community childcare and the Access & Inclusion Model; information on the Action Plan for Education 2017 as well as the latest CSO figures on child poverty.