National Pyjama Day 2023

Annual Government Spending

Annual Government Spending

Early Childhood Ireland has sought Substantially increased investment for early years and school-age childcare must be an immediate and sustained focus for the new government. Budget 2021 will be the first test of how well they meet this challenge. Early Childhood Ireland is seeking a plan to increase spending on childcare to 0.5% of GDP/GNI* by 2023 and to 1% by 2025. We are pleased to see this commitment by the current government and we expect to see a plan to achieve this as soon as possible.

Budget 2024

Early Childhood Ireland calls on Government to put children at the heart of Early Years and School Age Care in Budget 2024.

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Budget 2023

Annual funding targets and priorities must be made clear if Government is to meet its commitment to double public investment by 2028.

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Budget 2022

Budget 2022 must include a plan for a fit-for-purpose childcare system that makes high quality, affordable and publicly funded childcare accessible for all.

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Budget 2021

Substantially increased investment for early years and school-age childcare must be an immediate and sustained focus for the new government.

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Budget 2020

In Budget 2020, Early Childhood Ireland is calling on the government to establish a single Early Years and School Age Childcare Agency.

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Budget 2019

Click here to read our Budget 2019 Analysis.



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Budget 2018

Our Pre-Budget Submission and analysis of Budget 2018



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Budget 2017

Our Pre-Budget Submission and analysis of Budget 2017



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Budget 2016

Early Childhood Ireland represents 3,500 childcare professional members and the 100,000 families they support nationwide. What are we all looking out for in Budget 2016?

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