Dear Early Learning and Care and School Age Childcare provider,
We are pleased to advise you that the Annual Early Years Sector Profile 2022/2023 survey will be available on the Early Years Hive from 2pm today, Friday 5 May. The survey will remain open until Tuesday 6 June 2023 and can be accessed through the Early Years Hive at this link.
A training video and guidelines are also available on the Early Years Hive. This comprehensive survey of all Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC) settings in the country is the primary data source on this sector. It is developed and published by Pobal in collaboration with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY). The survey, which has been running for 21 years, plays a central role in informing policy development, assessing the impact of policy change and provides a comprehensive national analysis of approximately 4,400 ELC and SAC services throughout Ireland. The data collected will be used to produce in-depth analysis of the sector across a range of areas. These include:
· Service detail and provision
· Capacity and attendance
· Staffing (numbers, qualifications, staffing retention, level of turnover etc.) While we encourage all services to complete the survey, the completion of this year’s survey within the open window is mandatory for all existing Core Funding Partner Services. Services who wish to become a Core Funding Partner Service in the future must also complete the survey in advance of submitting their Core Funding application.