Early Years Strategy is crucial for Early Years sector development and reform – Funchion
Commenting today after participating in the Annual General Meeting of the Children Rights Alliance political panel discussion on Early Years Reform in Dublin, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Childcare Kathleen Funchion said that the challenges facing the Early Years sector were many, and that a comprehensive national Early Years strategy was crucial in order to provide a clear roadmap for the much needed reforms.
Deputy Funchion said:
“The Early Years sector is facing a multitude of challenges ranging from services struggling to keep their doors open, to high staff turn- over rates due to poor working conditions, to a growing saturation of ECCE services in the sector, and a shrinking provision of services for the under 3's.
“Any reforms or new schemes being introduced by the Department for Children and Youth Affairs should be part of an overall national Early Years strategy.
“The situation we have faced historically in this state is ad hoc planning for the Early Years sector with few committed timelines or targets.
“All the issues raised today during our discussions should ideally be part of a wider framework; a national strategy shaped through consultation with the sector itself.”