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Ireland rock-bottom in Europe for investment in early childhood education – Mitchell

17 November, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has said the Social Justice in the EU Report for 2017 highlights the urgent need for increased investment in early childhood education, saying:

“Ireland ranks bottom of 28 EU countries in terms of pre-primary education expenditure. Investment in our youngest citizens is not only good for children, families and society, but studies consistently show it has long-term economic benefits for the State as a whole.

“For far too long, successive Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil governments have totally ignored the need to invest in early years services. While there has been an increase in focus and investment on these services by Government in recent Budgets, it is simply nowhere near the level required to deliver affordable and high quality early years services.

“I hope that the Government will take heed of this report and take the necessary steps required to deliver high-quality, affordable early years services that are accessible and which see workers paid appropriately for the important jobs they do.” 

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