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Public Consultation on Irish language Provision in Early Learning and Care and School-age Childcare Launched – DCEDIY Press Release

Minister Roderic O’Gorman TD has announced the launch of a public consultation on a national plan for Irish language provision in Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare Stakeholders will be able to participate in and give their feedback through an online survey, through both online and in-person focus groups, […]

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Extension of AIM to support additional hours for ECCE aged children – DCEDIY Press Release

Minister Roderic O’Gorman TD today announced plans for an additional €14 million in supports for children with a disability under the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM). This funding is currently supporting around 7,100 children  to participate in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme, an increase of almost 900 […]

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New pay agreement to provide pay increases for the early learning and childcare workforce: Ministers Higgins and O’Gorman – DCEDIY Press Release

Emer Higgins, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail has today accepted proposals for new Employment Regulation Orders for the Early Years Services Sector. The Orders will commence on 24 June 2024 and will increase the minimum hourly rates of pay for various roles in the Early Years Services […]

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Equal Start – DCEDIY Press Release

Minister Roderic O’Gorman has launched Equal Start – a major new model of government-funded supports to ensure children experiencing disadvantage can access and meaningfully participate in early learning and childcare. Read the full press release at: https://bit.ly/4bMcvrs

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Minister O’Gorman publishes the Participation of Children and Young People in Decision-making: Action Plan 2024-2028 – DCEDIY Press Release

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, today published the Participation of Children and Young People in Decision-making Action Plan 2024-2028 . This Action Plan builds on the ambition and achievements of the first National Strategy on Children and Young People’s Participation in Decision-Making and aims to further promote […]

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Together for Children & Young People in Ireland

Together for Children & Young People in Ireland – Towards a New Governance Framework The Together for Children & Young People in Ireland report launched 9 April, assesses policy, institutional & legislative developments, compares outcomes for children & youth in other EU & OECD countries, & proposes several avenues for […]

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Minister O’Gorman launches call for proposals from early learning and childcare support organisations for 2025 funding programme: DCEDIY Press Release

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, today (5 April 2024) launched a call for proposals under the Programme for Support Organisations to Early Learning and Care, School Age Childcare and Childminding Sector 2025. The purpose of the Programme is to enable organisations that support the […]

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182,000 children in Ireland now in receipt of early learning and childcare subsidies under the National Childcare Scheme – DCEDIY Press Release

But many are still missing out on the Scheme which can cut thousands off early learning and childcare bills Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman, is today calling on all parents throughout the country using Tusla-registered early learning and childcare services to make sure they are getting their full entitlement to […]

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Minister O’Gorman launches Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2024 – DCEDIY Press Release

Minister O’Gorman launches Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2024 – DCEDIY Press Release Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, today launched the Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2024 as part of the Government’s First 5 Strategy. The Minister has secured funding of €250,000, which […]