• Advocacy

    We advocate for children in Early Years and School Age Care in Ireland.

A key focus of our advocacy efforts has been championing the incorporation of the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach through our Budget submission to the Government. We called on the Government to embed the philosophy of the Reggio Emilia Approach in our Early Years and School Age Care system.

The five key proposals are

A 5-year plan +

Publish a 5-year plan for implementing additional investment, to reach €4bn – 1% of GDP – by early 2029, thus achieving a publicly funded Early Years and School Age Care system in Ireland.

Aistear +

Building on Aistear and as part of increasing investment, embed the philosophy of the world-renowned Reggio Emilia Approach in the system to ensure that the rights of children are interlinked with educators, families, and communities.

Unify the existing funding programmes +

National Childcare Scheme (NCS), Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and Core Funding, to allow settings to use capacity, not children’s attendance, as a funding measurement. This would offer improved flexibility to children, with no financial consequences for providers or parents.

Graduate Premiums +

Increase the Graduate Premiums to further incentivise the recruitment and retention of graduates.

Better data +

Implement fully the ‘Better data’ recommendations from Partnership for the Public Good, and initiate a system of national and local 2-year and 5-year planning cycles to ensure there are enough Early Years and School Age Care places in settings and in childminders’ homes for children in their own communities.

Frances Byrne
Director of Policy, Advocacy & Campaigning

We urge the government to use Budget 2024 to take vital steps toward delivering high-quality services to all children in Ireland

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