Early Years Sector Profile Report 2016/2017 – November ’17
Minister Katherine Zappone has launched the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2016/2017. Link to Full Report here, which is developed and published by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs annually. Pobal took the opportunity to thank services for taking the time to complete and submit the survey. The report provides a rich source of data on the early years sector in Ireland in presenting an overview of the early years sector for the academic year 2016 / 2017. It is based on survey responses from 3,707 services across Ireland (84% of all childcare facilities) in May 2017 and information from the childcare ICT system (PIP). This report provides insight into childcare numbers, fees, staff qualifications and wages nationally. County level information is available here
Early Years Sector Profile report recently published, provides a comprehensive national
analysis of the 4,300 services providing early childhood care and education in
Ireland. To supplement the report, Pobal have developed a range of interactive
dashboards. These dashboards reflect a range of topics covered in the report
and allow readers access data and information at county level.
A new report Healthy Lifestyle (Have your say) which gives the results of a national consultation of children and young people conducted by Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Health to help inform the development of the new national strategy to combat obesity, was launched. Views were obtained from children aged 8-12 and from teenagers.
This report is called ‘Transition from Preschool to Primary School’ and is by Dr. Mary O’Kane.
The principal objective of this research project is to review existing research and relevant literature around contact with the outdoors and natural heritage for children aged 5 to 12, from the perspective of children’s rights to education, health and wellbeing. This includes analysing current trends and identifying gaps in the research on this subject, particularly in the Irish context.
The aim of the surveys was to seek the views of practitioners, employers and other interested parties on the extent to which current early childhood care and education qualifications provide early years practitioners with the appropriate blend of knowledge and skills to support the educational development of children in early years settings.
A Report for TUSLA: The Child and Family Support Agency Delma Byrne and Catriona O’Toole.
The Children’s Rights Alliance Report Card 2014 evaluates the Irish Government on its progress during 2013 in meeting its commitments to children, as set out in the 2011 Programme for Government. This year it is awarded an overall ‘C’ grade, reflecting a satisfactory attempt to date, though children remain wanting. While the overall grade remains the same as Report Card 2013 there have been significant changes to individual grade sections with some grades rising in places and falling in others.
In 2014, Tusla, The Child and Family Agency commissioned a Report on the Quality of Pre-school Services (Hanafin, 2014). The report indicated that most pre-schools services are compliant, most of the time, with three quarters of all regulatory requirements inspected as compliant with the Pre-School Regulations (2006). http://www.tusla.ie/services/preschool-services
Since 2010, the Longford-Westmeath Parenting Partnership has been delivering the Triple P parenting programme across the two counties. The results have just been published of a major evaluation of the programme, which has demonstrated positive benefits both for children and for parents.
“Our vision is for Ireland to be one of the best small countries in the world in which to grow up and raise a family, and where the rights of all children and young people are respected, protected and fulfilled; where their voices are heard and where they are
Over the last 10 years, The Atlantic Philanthropies – with co-funding from Government Departments (both north and south of the border) – has invested heavily in a series of major projects for prevention and early intervention. The projects have been subject to rigorous evaluation, and we are now at a point when we can look back through the many evaluation reports and identify lessons learned.
The Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth is a means of collating all data related to children’s physical activity levels in a particular country and ‘grading’ the evidence using a grading system just like a school report card. It was first started in Canada and since then a further 14 countries including Ireland have taken part.