France Byrne, Director of Policy and Advocacy with Early Childhood Ireland, pictured with Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, at Early Childhood Ireland’s annual conference
A strong turnout of early years providers from Kildare will attend a special event in Dublin next month, aimed at highlighting the need for greater investment in childcare in Budget 2019 next month.
The Early Childhood Ireland event will take place at Buswell’s Hotel on Thursday, 4 October. Members of Early Childhood Ireland will travel from throughout the country to attend.
The organisation has 209 members in Kildare, ranging from small, independently-owned childcare services to multi-site operators.
All members of the Oireachtas are being invited to the pre-Budget event – to meet their local childcare providers and find out more about why greater investment is needed in the sector.
Speaking in advance, Frances Byrne, Director of Policy and Advocacy with Early Childhood Ireland, said a strong turnout of providers and politicians is expected from Kildare.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity for early years providers to meet directly with their elected representatives,” she said. “TDs and Senators from all major parties are expected to attend, and we look forward to having strong representation from Kildare.
“As the membership organisation for early years providers nationwide, Early Childhood Ireland wants our national politicians to hear first-hand from local service-providers about the realities they face on the ground. Our ‘Meet the Members’ event is the first of its kind and will provide a unique opportunity for hardworking providers to bring their concerns directly to their elected representatives. They will also call on politicians to recognise the need for greater investment, which must be a crucial part of Budget 2019.”
Ms. Byrne concluded: “Affordability for families goes hand-in-hand with quality for children and sustainability for providers. None of these things can be achieved without a significant and sustained increase in investment from Government.
“The voices of our members are a crucial part of this process and, with this event, members of the Oireachtas will have an opportunity to learn from their perspectives. Our members from Kildare will play a key role in this event.”
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