Press Release – Children’s Committee report a step in the right direction

Press Release – Children’s Committee report a step in the right direction
Children’s Committee report on challenges facing the Early Childhood Care and Education Sector a welcome step in the right direction

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

 

Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the publication on Tuesday, 5 March 2024 of the Joint Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth’s report on the challenges facing the Early Childhood Care and Education Sector.

We are particularly pleased to see various Early Childhood Ireland recommendations and policy proposals, which we outlined to the Committee in November 2023, included in the report. We would like to thank the Committee for their commitment to identifying potential solutions to address the many challenges facing our sector.

Reacting to the launch of the report, Early Childhood Ireland CEO, Teresa Heeney, said,

“This report is an important step in the right direction to address the many challenges our members are dealing with, and we look forward to continue working in conjunction with the Committee and Oireachtas members with responsibility for our important sector to continually improve the system for the benefit of the hundreds of thousands of children, parents, and families who interact with educators delivering quality experiences for children every day.”

Frances Byrne, Director of Policy at Early Childhood Ireland, said,

“We are pleased to see that the Committee has adopted many of our policy proposals for the sector in their report. Developing a coherent five-year plan to implement additional investment to reach €4 billion by early 2029, using better data recommendations, adopting measures to address the administrative burden on staff, transitioning to a Single Agency, establishing a Stakeholder Response Team to forecast, prevent or manage potential closures, has the potential to completely transform the Early Years sector, promising a paradigm shift in how we deliver quality experiences to young children.

“As the Chair rightly recognises, our sector has undergone huge change over the last number of years, and that change needs to be effectively managed to fully reap the benefits. We now need to see real action to implement the Committee’s recommendations. Doing so will put us further on the path to delivering a world-class system that Ireland’s children and families deserve.”

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