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Noel and Erika Chambers pictured inside one of the classrooms in Fairy Wood Montesssori Playschool in Gorey. Pic: Jim Campbell

Noel and Erika Chambers pictured inside one of the classrooms in Fairy Wood Montesssori Playschool in Gorey. Pic: Jim Campbell

Fairy Wood Montesssori Playschool in Gorey. Pic: Jim Campbell

Fairy Wood Montesssori Playschool in Gorey. Pic: Jim Campbell

Noel and Erika Chambers pictured outside Fairy Wood Montesssori Playschool in Gorey. Pic: Jim Campbell

Noel and Erika Chambers pictured outside Fairy Wood Montesssori Playschool in Gorey. Pic: Jim Campbell

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Noel and Erika Chambers pictured inside one of the classrooms in Fairy Wood Montesssori Playschool in Gorey. Pic: Jim Campbell

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A Gorey couple who run an ECCE childcare service are protesting the “unfair” Core Funding model introduced by the government, which they say leaves them chronically underfunded and at risk of shutting down.

Owners of Erika's Fairy Wood Montessori Playschool, Noel and Erika Chambers signed up to be providers on the state-subsidised Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme when it was first introduced in 2010. While they couple say they were not properly funded through the ECCE scheme in the first place, a new funding model introduced in Budget 2023 has compounded the financial strain on their business and could lead to its permanent closure. On Friday, they were some of many childcare facility owners to take part in nationwide protests against the new Core Funding model, which were organised by the Federation of Early Childhood Providers (FECP).


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