History of the ECCE Sector in Ireland

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Introduction
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 Main body
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 thing as drop your children off to play. Laissez-faire policy means to let the child do something. The government nowadays has been funding a free preschool year for families who cannot afford to send their children to pre-school that means the child’s best interests are kept at heart. For many years it would have been quiet tradition the men working on the farms and the mothers minding the children. Having woman in the work place was not allowed. During the ‘Celtic Tiger’ this all changed. Family structure has changed over the last century. It is way more natural these days to be raised by a single parent or step parent. Divorce was accepted into people’s lives. These days you will rarely find a housewife/ and a traditional working father. Childcare is more about mothers than fathers. In this day and age childcare settings are trying to introduce men into the setting. There is way more support as to what would have been back in 1908. There is strengthening family’s programmes, special needs assistances, childcare committees and parents who want to be involved. There is after schools club and genuine people who really care and love children and want them to do really well. Childcare has changed a lot as well. Before you could just mind a child and not be questioned on who you were and what you aim to do. These days you have to be Gardaí vetted to make sure that the child is being kept safe and secure. Garda vetting: the preschool regulations 2006 states that all childcare volunteers, staff and students be garda vetted. This is carried out by the central vetting unit this place is based in Tipperary. A form would have to be filled out with personal details and returned to the organization. These vetting are individually done. It is also essential to make sure the best interest of the child is at heart. Many settings having to reduce their number of full time staff or put them on a contract that they will have to abide by. The contract consists of 38 weeks work instead of 52. Childcare arrangements can be quiet simple. It ranges from babysitting at home or in organised child day care facility or in the persons home that wants the children to be babysat. Childcare these days has two main functions care and education. There are also many different pre-school regulations from Aistear to Siolta and then theirs Montessori. I will discuss these throughout my report. Donoghue and Gayner (2010) *Development over the years

1908 The children’s act
1989 The UN convention of the rights of the child
1991 Childcare act sectionv11 relates to preschool services under the department of children 1992 Ireland ratifies the UN convention
1994 Early start preschool programmes under the department of education 1996 The childcare preschool services regulations and explanatory guide department of health 1997 Expert working group on childcare set up by the department of justice, equality and law reform (jelr) as part of partnership 2000 1998 Report of the commission on the family: dept. of social and family affairs. 1999 The national childcare strategy

2000 Development of city and county childcare committees structures (33 committees) 20001 National children’s office
2002 Centre for Early Childhood Development...
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