2014, Volume 17, Special Issue: Early Childhood Policy

Breach of Trust - Getting it Right for Children in Early Childhood Care and Education in Ireland

early childhood research journal

Full Reference

Moloney, M. (2014). Breach of trust - Getting it right for children in early childhood care and education in Ireland. NZ Research in Early Childhood Education Journal. Special Issue: Early Childhood Policy, 17, 71-80.

 

Original Policy Paper

Breach of Trust - Getting it Right for Children in Early Childhood Care and Education in Ireland

Mary Moloney
Mary Immaculate College, Ireland

 

Abstract

In May 2013 an exposé of verbal, physical and emotional abuse of young children attending three early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings in Ireland was aired on national television in a documentary called Breach of Trust. This paper argues that while the programme raised public awareness of fundamental flaws within the ECCE system in Ireland, it also came as no surprise that bad practices had been exposed. This paper specifically explores the policies and government in/action that led to the public revelations. It also critiques the Irish government’s response to the issues highlighted and its proposed plan to address these issues.

Key words: Regulations; child abuse; early childhood education; policy; duty of care; participation; childcare supply. 

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