Contribution of the Voluntary, Community and Independent Early Years Sector in Northern Ireland

Workforce Matters Across Early Childhood and School Age Care Provision
‘Workforce Matters’ is a compilation report, produced with financial support from the Childcare Partnerships.

It draws together a number of key elements across published ‘state of the sector’ type studies by Altram, Early Years – the organisation for young children, PlayBoard NI and NICMA – the Childminding Association, the main membership based organisations reflecting the range of Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Childcare (SAC) provision in NI, connected to:

  • Staff profiles
  • Provision
  • Recruitment or retention issues
  • Inclusion
  • Qualifications and training
  • Quality
  • Sector specific issues
  • Key conclusions and recommendations
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Workforce Development Sector Survey 2017
The Workforce Development Survey 2017 was designed, developed, implemented and analysed by Early Years - the organisation for young children, on behalf of the Childcare Partnerships.

The purpose of the survey was to:

  • Clarify the availability of childcare places and their location across Northern Ireland.
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  • Profile the current qualifications held by early years practitioners.
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  • Identify future training and qualification needs.
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  • Inform and support the development of early years policy, including the Executive Childcare Strategy.
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  • Facilitate the development of a business case aimed at supporting sectoral need.
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    iReach Report
    Early Years research highlights sector as significant economic driver

    Early Years and iReach Market Research launched a robust and representative assessment of the contribution of the voluntary and independent childcare and education sector to the Northern Ireland economy and society.

    This is the first comprehensive assessment of such early childhood provision in Northern Ireland.

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