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DCEDIY Public Consultation: Parents discussion on early learning and care and school-age childcare

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) invites parents to have their say on early learning and care and school-age childcare.
Parents of children under 15 years old are invited to attend these informal, online events to discuss their experience of early learning and care and school-age childcare, to say more about the things that are most important to them, and anything they would like to see in future.

Parents input is very important as the Department identifies where to direct efforts and funding to continue to build a high quality, affordable and accessible early learning and care and school-age childcare system that meets the needs of children and families.

The sessions aim to make everyone participating feel comfortable. The events are private and confidential and no identifying information will be published.

Parents sessions will run on the following dates and times:
1.           Monday 23rd November: 20.30 – 21.30
2.           Tuesday 24th November: 13.00 – 14.00
3.           Tuesday 24th November: 20.30 – 21.30
4.           Wednesday 25th November: 20.30 – 21.30
5.           Thursday 26th November: 20.30 – 21.30
6.           Wednesday 2nd December: 20.30 – 21.30
To register for any of these sessions, please go to Please contact fundingmodel@dcya.gov.ie if you have any queries.
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Phase 1 of Consultation and Engagement for the funding model project is well underway, opening with an information webinar on 22nd September, with 700 people in attendance. 
A call for submissions opened on 19th August and closed on 2nd October. 168 submissions were received in respect of the Funding Model. An independent researcher has been contracted to analyse the findings and a draft report is due in November.

IPSOS/ MRBI were contracted to conduct a national household survey, which took place from 23rd August to 21st September. 503 telephone interviews were conducted and data on 905 children under the age of 15 was collected.

Nine consultation events with providers and practitioners took place from 12th– 23rd October, with approximately 20 participants and Expert Group members attending each session.

The event themes were as follows:
  • Addressing Affordability
  • Improving Access
  • Raising and Supporting Quality
  • Ensuring availability
  • Sustainability
  • Administration
  • Role of capital funding
  • Insights from practitioners (2 sessions)
A series of consultation events specifically targeted at parents begins on 29th October.  

The report of Phase 1 will be disseminated through a closing information webinar, which will take place in mid- December.

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