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Introduction

COVID-19 has changed how Early Learning and Care and School Aged Childcare Services will operate over the coming months. The Taoiseach mandated the closure of the sector on March 12 to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The sector is now focused on how best to reopen safely on 29 June 2020. We understand that COVID-19 related restrictions are likely to be a factor in Ireland for the next 12-18 months before a vaccine is widely available.

Early Childhood Ireland has been working with the DCYA, key stakeholders and our members to help develop new ways of operating to adjust effectively  to this changed environment. This website includes a compilation of the key guidance notes that have been circulated to our members during this period of closure along with advice and guidance on other key areas. It is a combination of the accumulated knowledge of expert staff across the sector including our members.

As challenging as this changed environment is, as a sector we are in this together and we are focused on the need to find the best way to secure the future of childcare in the immediate and longer term.

COVID-19 affects all aspects of the operation of  childcare services from working with your staff, children and their families and the public.

Plan For Reopening

Helping you to reopen your setting and maintain the safety of your staff, children and their families in your service.

Our Early Years Employer Service provides you with information and advice on the different areas of reopening including HR and Employee Relations .

As early years settings prepare to re-open, we tease out what the new environment will look like and how children can best be supported to adjust to the new normal. 

Access member sector specific COVID-19 Return to Work training.  

Learn more about our reopening themed webinars and podcasts

COVID-19 has for now fundamentally altered how our sector operates. Similar to other sectors, we are now looking to the virtual world to support how we work, communicate and meet.

Please take time to review each of the areas above and bear in mind that the Covid-19 situation is constantly evolving. We will regularly update this guidance information to reflect the current dynamic environment.

If you have any queries in relation to COVID-19  or any of the areas covered above please use the contact form here.
If  you are interested in more information about or to discuss membership, then please feel free to contact.