History of the ECCE Sector in Ireland Essay examples

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I am going to discuss the following topics in my report. I am going to explain the historical development of the ECCE sector in Ireland up to and including the present day. * Historical development of the early childhood care and education * Current ECCE provision by the state * Health and welfare * Equal opportunity legislation * Outline maintaining a quality ECCE environment that complies with relevant regulations and standards
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Historical development of the early childhood care and education
In the last 20 years Ireland has had a dramatic change in its society. Ireland has traditionally had a laissez-faire policy with respect to the childcare provision back in the day there was no such
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Children must be aged more than 3 years 3 months and less than 4 years 7 months on the 1st day of September of the year in which they are enrolled. Children may either be enrolled in Early Start or in the Free Pre-school Year Scheme. Children are not eligible to be enrolled in both schemes at the same time. The Early Start Pre-School Programme was introduced in 1994.The aims of Early Start are: * Prevent school failure * helps social skills * That the children involved in the programme will develop confidence in their ability to learn. * Crèches have had to cut down on their fulltime staff due to the economic reasons. Instead of them working for 52 weeks a year they are being put on contract for 38 weeks a year 15 hours a week. www.barnardos.com
CCS scheme
The Community Childcare Subvention (CCS).The programme enables childcare services provide quality services at reduced rates to disadvantaged parents. From September 2012, the Community Childcare Subvention Programme funds community childcare services to provide reduced weekly fees to certain parents as follows:
- Parents get a weekly fee reduction of €95 for a full-time service, €47.50 for a part-time service, €31.35 for sessional service and €15.20 for a shorter hour’s service.
This applies to parents who have a medical card and are getting one of the following: * certain social welfare payments * Family

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