• POBAL Annual Early Years Survey – Highlights

    Posted on August 6, 2015 by in News Updates

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    Once a year, Pobal disseminates a questionnaire to early years services across the country to help inform both the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and Pobal on developments within the sector. The primary aim is to inform the management of the various funding programmes in which Pobal is involved with the DCYA but the survey also serves the information needs of other agencies within the sector. The questionnaire is circulated to all services participating in the main DCYA funding programmes (Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE), Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) and Training and Employment Childcare Programmes (TEC)). This involves circulation to over 4,300 early years services. The comparability of data across multiple years is of particular benefit in tracking trends and developments within the sector over time.

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    Highlights (including, where available, Wicklow specific data)

    Number of children attending early years settings (excl. childminders) in Co. Wicklow

    It is calculated that c. 3,835 children are attending early years settings in Co. Wicklow.

    Of these approx. 932 are attending community based childcare, whilst 2,891 are attending private childcare facilities, mainly to avail of the ECCE programme.

    (Note: A ‘community-based’ early years setting is one which is governed by a committee of volunteers) 

    Child ProtectionChild Protection in County Wicklow Early Years Settings

    97.9% of Wicklow early years settings have a Designated Person responsible for Child Protection (CP)

    98.9% of Wicklow early years settings have a Child Protection Policy

    56.4% of Staff have received Child Protection Training Last Two Years

    (Note: WCCC is in the process of providing accredited Child Protection to at least two members of staff in every early years service in the county by 2017)

    Breakdown of average costs of Childcare (National)

    Table 5.1.1: Average Weekly Fee            Community-Based Private Provider All % Difference on 2013
    Full-Time Babies €165.09 €179.85 €174.70 +0.9%
    Full-Time Aged 1+ €158.82 €172.18 €167.19 +0.3%
    Part-time Place €80.60 €105.76 €95.36 +0.5%
    Sessional Care (1 Session) €60.08 €67.81 €65.61 +0.6%
    Breakfast Club €25.28 €27.92 €27.05 -14.7%
    After School €64.17 €84.72 €77.21 +9.3%

     Qualifications Breakdown of staff in the Early Years Sector (National)

    Childcare Education and Training Awards (highest level achieved per staff member) Private Provider Community-Based Rural Urban All
    Total by Provider Types N = 5,910 N = 4,790 N = 5,720 N = 4,980 N = 10,700
    No Childcare Qualification 336 – 5.7% 636 – 13.3% 479 – 8.4% 493 – 9.9% 972 – 9.1%
    NFQ Level 5 or above* 5,342 – 90.4% 3,948 – 82.4% 5,055 – 88.4% 4,235 – 85.0% 9,290 – 86.8%
    NFQ Level 6 or above* 3,353 – 56.7% 1,989 – 41.5% 2,949 – 51.6% 2,393 – 48.1% 5,342 – 49.9%
    NFQ (NCVA) Level 4 Award 1.2% 2.0% 1.2% 1.9% 1.5%
    NFQ (NCVA) Level 5 Award 33.7% 40.9% 36.8% 37.0% 36.9%
    NFQ (NCVA) Level 6 Award 38.5% 31.2% 38.3% 31.7% 35.2%
    NFQ Level 7 Award (Ordinary Degree) 6.4% 2.9% 3.9% 5.9% 4.8%
    NFQ Level 8 Award (Honours Degree) 11.1% 6.8% 8.9% 9.6% 9.2%
    NFQ Level 9/10 Award (Masters/ PhD) 0.8% 0.6% 0.5% 0.9% 0.7%
    Primary Teaching Qualification 0.4% 0.5% 0.4% 0.5% 0.5%
    Accredited Course (Outside ROI) 0.8% 0.6% 0.7% 0.7% 0.7%
    Non Accredited Childcare Courses 1.5% 1.2% 0.9% 1.9% 1.4%

     Analysis of Payments of Commercial Rates

    Table 7.4.3 Percentage Breakdown by County of those billed for commercial rates and what % of these fell below €5,000 County % of Service billed for Commercial Rates Of those billed, what % pay rates of €5,000 and under
    Private Provider vs Community-Based Of Total Respondents Private Provider Community-Based ALL
    Wicklow 28.9% 17.6% 27.1% 80.8% 66.7% 79.3%
    National Totals 41.9% 18.0% 34.7% 74.4% 70.7% 73.9%

     WCCC logoEarly Years Services’ Satisfaction with supports provided by City and County Childcare Committees

    Table 7.2.8 Ratings of Supports from CCCs – All Providers N = Poor Fair Good Very Good Excellent Positive Rating*
    Information from CCC Re: DCYA Funding Programmes 2,003 1.4% 8.2% 28.9% 35.7% 25.7% 90.3%
    Information/ Advice/ Support with Sustainability/ Financial Planning 477 1.3% 4.8% 32.9% 37.1% 23.9% 93.9%
    Information/ Advice/ Support re: Learner Fund 1,729 1.8% 8.9% 34.4% 34.3% 20.6% 89.3%
    Site Visit 1,053 8.0% 7.6% 25.9% 33.2% 25.3% 84.4%
    Assistance re: Child Registrations on PIP 1,751 1.2% 6.3% 27.3% 32.3% 32.9% 92.5%
    Support with Fee Payment Policy 1,403 0.5% 4.1% 25.2% 36.0% 34.2% 95.4%

    Profiles of Families Accessing Funded Childcare Services (Nationally)

    11,322 lone parents accessing childcare services.
    46.5% of services have at least one child with a disability attending.
    3,525 children with disabilities attending childcare services.
    15.4% of services have at least one child from the Travelling community attending.
    1,467 Traveller children attending.

    National Occupancy Levels – Waiting Lists and Vacancies

    30.8% of services report being “full”.
    28.4% of community facilities full; 31.8% of private facilities full.
    36.7% of urban facilities full; 26.8% of rural facilities full.
    4,396 children on waiting lists for childcare places required immediately.
    19,809 vacant childcare places nationally
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