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Belfast Telegraph, 22 July, 2011: "Little dreamers perfect playschool"

More than 600 children aged from three to five were asked, if they had a magic wand, what their vision for early care and education would be. Read more

Newstalk 106-108, 25 May 2011: "Does the state know best?"

Ciairín de Buis interview on "Coleman at Large", Newstalk 106, May 25th 2011, "Does the State Know Best?". Read more

Irish Examiner, 29 November 2010: "Suffer little children"

With concern about cuts in child benefit and the early childcare scheme, mothers are worried about the future. Read more

Irish Times, 5 January 2010: "Better plan required for early childhood"

Start Strong has called for a 10-year plan for the early childcare and education of every child in the State up to six years of age. Read more

Irish Times, 27 November 2009: "Early childcare 'the best investment'"

The best long-term investment the Government could make to ensure Ireland’s economic recovery would be in early child-care and education, according to a new group of childcare advocates. Read more

TV3, April 2009 - Ireland AM

Ciairin de Buis on a panel discussing the Supplementary Budget at which the introduction of the Free Pre-School Year was announced. Read more

Irish Independent, 8 April 2009: "Childcare allowance faces chop"

The early childcare allowance will be scrapped at the end of this year and child benefit will be means-tested or taxed under the next Budget. Read more

Irish Times, 7 April 2009: "Childcare supplement to be halved"

The Early Childcare Supplement is to be halved to €500 from May 1st and scrapped by the end of the year. However, a free pre-school year is to be introduced for parents of children in daycare. Read more

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