The 2020/2021 Annual Early Years Service Profile launched on Friday, 28th May. The annual survey is developed by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and in consultation with key stakeholders in the Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC) sector.
This year’s survey in particular will help Government understand the impact of COVID-19 on the ELC and SAC sector. It will also inform essential policy, planning and investment in the months ahead. A new supplementary Income and Costs Survey will also be available on the Early Years Hive at the same time. The survey aims to capture key data on service income and costs. These data were previously captured as part of the Independent Review of the Cost of Providing Quality Early Learning and Childcare in Ireland published in 2020. The survey is entirely voluntary but participation is strongly encouraged. We understand that this sensitive data and it will be treated in the strictest confidence by Pobal and the Department.
The deadline for completing both surveys is 5pm, Friday 11th June. The data provided by services has been used to advise Government for over 18 years and we hope to continue this important data collection this year. Only these inputs can ensure that we can maintain an accurate, up-to-date and evidence-based profile of the ELC and SAC sector in Ireland and plan for its future development.
Early Years and Young People Operations and Monitoring, Analysis and Outcomes