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Research Participants sought - ECEC in a time of Global Pandemic

Exploring Early Childhood Education and Care provision in a time of global pandemic

In March 2020, all Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), School Age Childcare (SAC) and Childminding services shut their doors, responding to the Government strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19. ECEC services offering full-day provision re-opened at the end of June 2020. In September 2020 all services, including preschools, SAC and home-based services opened. Since then we have experienced periods of full or limited closure and full opening.

This research is interested in the experiences of those involved in the provision of services during the COVID-19 crisis. It will help provide information on the challenges to services, the impact on educators and ongoing connections with children and families. Invited participants include Early Childhood Educators/Practitioners, and Service Owner/Providers, involved in the ECEC, SAC or Childminding services in Ireland, who have personal first-hand experience of working in the field over the past year to 15 months.

Your involvement includes the completion of this online questionnaire. It will take between 15-20 minutes to complete. At the end of the questionnaire you will be invited to participate in follow-on focus groups on specific topics – this is completely optional. Confidentiality of participants is ensured.

The questionnaire does not ask for any personal or identifying information. We are collecting data related to the impact of Covid19 on the Early Years /School Aged Childcare sector.

This online survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.

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