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McCann welcomes launch of Executive's Draft Childcare Strategy

16 September, 2015 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann has welcomed the launch of the Executive’s Draft Childcare Strategy.

Speaking at the launch at the Mac in Belfast she said,

"There is a clear need for affordable quality childcare services which are flexible and easily accessible to families.

“Childcare provision gives a child a better start in life and helps in their future development.

“It is also important in tackling disadvantage and in building a strong economy by enabl‎ing parents and carers to work or train knowing their children are safe and being cared for.

“A good system will also provide training opportunities ‎for people who choose childcare as a career path.

“It is important to give parents, carers and other stakeholders the opportunity to have their say in how they want ‎to see childcare provided and developed.

“This is an Executive Strategy which cuts across a number of departments and it is important that all those departments act in a co-ordinated fashion to offer an integrated approach to childcare provision."

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