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21.02.2017 Children's Rights Card shows urgent need for Childcare Reforms“Access to Childcare vital to lift families out of poverty” - Statement by

The need to urgently progress the Government's radical new approach to childcare has been further highlighted by the Annual Report Card from the Children's Rights Alliance, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine
Published on 21 February 2017
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15.02.2017 Community Childcare supports extended“Year-round registration for centres caring for 25,000 children and special purpose fund introduced”S

Children, parents and community childcare services are to receive extra support with immediate effect, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The Minister has announced that:·    Community
Published on 15 February 2017
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08.02.2017 Expansion of childcare services for children with disabilities - Extra experts appointed to support children, parents and providers Oireac

A scheme to support children with disabilities to enter childcare is being expanded with the appointment of experts to support children, parents and providers, according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The Minister will use Oireachtas Hearings today (Wednesday 8th
Published on 08 February 2017
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08.02.2017 CHILDCARE- Opening statement by Minister Zappone Meeting of Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs, 8th February 2017

I am very pleased to meet the Committee this morning to discuss the Affordable Childcare Scheme, before we begin the process of drafting the legislation that will underpin the Scheme. Given the urgent need to address the high cost of childcare, and the requirement for this legislation to be in place before
Published on 08 February 2017
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05.02.2017 €5.1m to develop new services for children and disadvantaged young people - Development of ground breaking prevention services for co

Funding of €5.1m is being provided to develop new innovative services to care of children and disadvantaged young people, according to the Minister for Children and
Published on 05 February 2017
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30.01.2017 Young People and Brexit Opening Remarks by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine ZapponeCroke Park, Dublin#LetsTalkBre

Monday 30th January, 2017Good Morning Croke Park! Today – Ireland's young voices get to speak on one of the biggest issues of our time.We gather at Croke Park to Talk Brexit!I am delighted to see a generation which has grown up in peace -  and without a hard border on our island out in force.There is a reason that
Published on 30 January 2017
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30.01.2017 Minister Zappone publishes Heads of Bill on new Affordable Childcare Scheme

Affordable quality children is another step closer as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone today (27th January 2017) published Heads of Bill and General Scheme to allow for a radical new approach.The Affordable Childcare Scheme, which was announced as part of Budget 2017, aims to make childcare more accessible for families, by providing universal subsidies for all
Published on 30 January 2017
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26.01.2017 Launch of Hidden Struggles - Remarks by Dr Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

Introduction Ladies and gentlemen, fellow campaigners, colleagues…The deliberate targeting of daughters, mothers and grand-mothers by warlords, traffickers and thugs in the current crisis is too often overlookedAs a campaigner, a feminist and the only independent woman in cabinet I welcome this important body of research.While your work is
Published on 26 January 2017
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24.01.2017 Contract awarded to youth organisations to give children and young people a stronger voice in decision-making

Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced that Foróige, in partnership with Youth Work Ireland, has been awarded a three-year contract to provide children and young people's participation support services to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Announcing the awarding of the contract Minister Zappone
Published on 24 January 2017
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24.01.2017 Government clears way for Childcare legislation“Laws underpinning radical new approach to be prioritised - ”Statement by the Minister for

New childcare legislation will be drafted and prioritised following the go ahead of Cabinet today (Tuesday 24th January 2017), according to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.The legislation will underpin the radical new approach set out by
Published on 24 January 2017
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22.01.2017 Over 100,000 Children now in free childcare 95% of eligible children availing of scheme - Statement by the Minister for Children and Youth

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone is confirming that the numbers in the free pre-school scheme has passed 100,000 for the first time.108,019 three and four year olds now head off to preschools, crèches or community services to join playmates and to be cared for on
Published on 22 January 2017
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12.01.2017 Bursary for certain childcare staff who have completed degrees in early childhood education and care (ECEC)

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, is delighted to announce that funding has been made available to provide a bursary to certain childcare staff who have completed degrees in early childhood education and care at their own expense.All early years services currently contracted with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to
Published on 12 January 2017
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