Early Years Sector Profile

For the last 15 years, Pobal, in collaboration with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, has been publishing a report on the state of the childcare sector in Ireland. The report, based on the survey completed by childcare providers in Ireland, provides insights into childcare numbers, fees, staff qualifications and other aspects of childcare sector. The most recent reports are listed below.

Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017-2018

Early Years Sector Profile Report 2016-2017

Early Years Sector Profile Report 2015 – 2016

Annual Early Years Sector Survey 2014 Report

Pobal Annual Early Years Sector Survey 2013 Report

Pobal Annual Survey of the Early Years Sector 2011

Geosparcity Index

Pobal developed Geosparcity index which categorises a childcare service or a geographical area in regard to the supply and demand for childcare. The index uses the census data on the number of children within a set distance as a measure of demand and the number of registrations, within the same distance, as a measure of supply. By looking at these numbers from a geographical perspective, we are able to determine if an area is well catered for or if it needs extra childcare places.

AIM

Pobal, through Better Start, administers elements of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM). AIM is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme.

Access and Inclusion Model Annual Report 2016/2017

Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund

Comhairle na NOg Annual report 2017