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.
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.
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.