ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 10(Barnardos, 2020) BarnardosThis has been a difficult year for everyone, particularly those working in early learning and care. We have been so inspired by the stories of dedication and adaptability of early childhood educators to provide quality care and education for young children, and the news that came in just today that Minister O'Gorman is starting the process to discuss pay and conditions in the early years sector is very much welcomed. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 9(Barnardos, 2020) BarnardosThis issue of Early years eNews is the first since the announcement of Budget 2021. Although this Budget saw some welcome investment in protecting the most vulnerable children and families, it is disheartening to note the lack of additional investment in early learning and care or school age childcare, particularly in light of the fact that the sector was deemed important enough to be one of the first to reopen its doors post initial Covid-19 restrictions. While there has been progress in improving the quality of early years education in recent years, there is still more to achieve, and both the pay and conditions of early years educators and the cost for parents remain significant. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 8(Barnardos, 2020) BarnardosIn this issue of Early Years eNews we bring you all the latest updates from the Department of Children & Youth Affairs, including the launch of the National Quality Guidelines for School Age Childcare Services which is a great development for children, families and for the sector. We also include information about other developments from across the sector, as well as information about new Barnardos publications and online training events. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 7(Barnardos, 2020) BarnardosEarly learning and care settings that have already re-opened have been rising to new challenges and it is great to hear how well children have settled back in. There will be more settings re-opening over the next few weeks and we wish you all well with the adjustments you will be making to your daily practice. ItemEarly Years eNews: Issue 6(Barnardos, 2020) BarnardosThis has been a significant week for the early learning and care sector as many services reopened after Covid19 closures, with more planning to reopen in the coming weeks. This has been possible through the dedication and hard work of providers and educators across the country preparing their premises for new ways of working. It has been heart-warming to hear of children's happy reactions to being reunited with their educators and friends again, and we wish you all the best of luck going forward.