Early Years eNews: Issue 4

Barnardos. (2017). Early Years eNews: Issue 4. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/578
The 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.