Thursday 19 October 2017

Government needs to start caring more about who’s looking after the children

Mary (4) and Sam (7) Kavanagh from Trim at Leinster House
Mary (4) and Sam (7) Kavanagh from Trim at Leinster House

Marian Quinn

Professionals working in early childhood care and education services took their demands to the streets yesterday with the rally cry 'Quality Costs, Invest Now'.

Some 2,500 people gathered outside the Dáil to call for Government action on the challenges and expectations placed on a poorly resourced sector.

The key fact behind the rally is the stark reality that Ireland currently spends 0.2pc of GDP on the early childhood sector, compared to an OECD average of 0.7pc.

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