Despite more than twenty years of policy development and financial investment in early childhood education and care, the sector’s workforce remains one that is mostly female, low-qualified, lacking socio-demographic diversity and poorly paid. This briefing looks at the issues and how local authorities may bring about change.
Giving examples from Glasgow, James Bonner writes on the need to protect public spaces that under the pandemic have been transformed from having just movement function into places to be, and, going forward, the importance of valuing such spaces from a wellbeing perspective – rather than the usual economic one.
The EU is at the heart of international efforts to address climate change. A new Commission alongside a new Parliament has recently proposed a radical re-configuration of the overall policy framework. We look at these recent moves and explore the potential opportunities for Ireland in becoming carbon neutral within the next 3 decades.
LGIU’s Merle Zierke takes a quick spin through a number of the LGiU Ireland briefings you may have missed during 2020, summarising issues that may provide useful insights for Australian local councils and provides the links to the detailed briefings for councillors and council staff who may want to dig a bit deeper.
The following briefing provides an overview of current conditions in Ireland and the phases which hopefully will see Ireland move towards some sort of normality, whatever that will mean, for the foreseeable future.
Finland’s approach to tackling the infodemic – the first line of defence is the kindergarten teacher
This briefing charts the Finnish education system, outlines fundamentals, and explores how this combats Covid-19 misinformation. The Finnish approach to education and media literacy might serve as a lesson for the rest of the world on how to navigate the infodemic.
Research indicates that around 1 in 5 primary and 1 in 3 secondary pupils use school buses or public transport to get to school. If schools are to re-open fully, an effective and safe home to school transport provision is needed. This briefing looks at the available Government guidance.
In the following briefing, we focus on the critical elements of the programme for government and its objectives around climate change: the economic possibilities, the potential role of local government in Ireland and recovery from the impact of Covid-19.
Local authorities must take seriously the pending crisis facing early childhood education and care (ECEC). There may soon be insufficient early childhood education and care places available to meet parental demand. Across publicly funded maintained settings and the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) settings, we are fast reaching a tipping point.