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Public Consultation on Future Investment in Early Years and School-Age Care and Education: Views from the Early Years Sector

Purpose of the Consultation:

Improving the accessibility, affordability and quality of early years and school-age care and education is a priority for the Irish Government. Driving this is strong national and international evidence that shows how participation in early years and school-age care and education can confer significant benefits to children (with the greatest benefits conferred to children from disadvantaged backgrounds), to families, to communities and to the economy.

Against this background, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly, T.D. has established an Inter-Departmental Group (IDG) on Future Investment in Early Years and School-Age Care and Education. The IDG, which is being chaired by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), is tasked with exploring ways of ensuring that current (and future) investment delivers more affordable, accessible and high quality early years and school-age care and education. It will submit a series of options for future investment to Government by June 2015.
The IDG has set up this consultation process to inform its work.


Completing the Consultation Form:

There are two consultation forms available for completion. The first form is aimed primarily at the early years and school age sectors, but can be completed by any interested party.

The second form is aimed exclusively at parents and guardians.  

A Primer document has been prepared to accompany the consultation forms. This Primer document presents a brief overview of key messages emerging from the research evidence and an overview of current investment in early years and school age care and education. Prior to completing consultation forms, respondents are advised to read this Primer document. Given the reporting deadline for the IDG, it has been necessary to impose a word limit on each open ended question in the consultation form to make the analysis process more manageable.


Deadline for Returns:

The closing date for receipt of Sector submissions is Friday, 1st May 2015.

The closing date for Parental/Guardian submissions is Sunday, 10th May.

Important Documents:

Primer document
Access the Sector Consultation Form       

Access the Parent/Guardian Consultation Form


Closing date for submissions in Irish is 10th May

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