Start Strong – a coalition group campaigning to improve government policy on early years in Ireland – is calling for early years to be a top priority in the new Programme for Government.
Ciairín de Buis, Chief Executive of Start Strong, said:
“All political parties made election promises on paid leave and childcare. It’s now time to act. With the Dáil returning today and the political parties manoeuvring for government, we need to focus on what the next government can achieve, not who is in it.
“The lack of affordable, high quality childcare was a huge issue on the doorsteps during the election. Families here pay some of the highest costs in the world for childcare but without any guarantee of quality. We also have some of the shortest paid leave available to parents. The next Government, whoever it may be, needs to make early years a priority.”