Annual Early Years’ Service Profile 2020/21

Announcement from POBAL:

The Annual Early Years’ Service Profile 2020/2021 is now on the Early Years Hive.

The Annual Early Years’ Service Profile is the primary data source on the Irish early learning and care and school-age childcare sector. It is developed and published by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

The Annual Early Years’ Sector Profile, which has been running for over 18 years, plays a central role in informing policy development and assessing the impact of policy change.

It provides a comprehensive national analysis of over 4,500 early learning and care and school-age childcare services throughout Ireland on key issues, such as capacity and staff.

The continuation of this survey in 2021 is more important than ever given the challenges the pandemic has presented for your sector. The information you provide will be essential to assess the impact of the pandemic on the sector and to inform future policy development.

Pobal and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.

A new supplementary Income and Costs Survey is also available on the Early Years Hive.
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 up to date data collected in the 2021 survey will be used to update the cost modelling tool developed as an output of the Review.

These data are also intended to inform the development of funding schemes in the future and continue to be considered by the Expert Group to develop a new funding model for ELC and SAC. Participation is voluntary but is strongly encouraged.

The deadline for completing the survey is Friday the 11th of June 2021.