In Start Strong's Analysis of Budget 2016 we welcome significant steps made in the development of early care and education in Ireland. Such measures now must be built upon in the coming years to ensure the best possible start in life for all young children.
Press Release: 22nd July 2015, Interdepartmental Working Group Report welcomed as 'pointing in the right direction'. Political leadership and Government action now needed.
Press Release: Dublin 22 July 2015 - Start Strong - a coalition group campaigning to improve government policy on early years in Ireland - today welcomed the Report of the Interdepartmental Working Group:Future Investment in Childcare in Ireland.
Start Strong welcomes the increased involvement by the Department of Education and Skills in early care and education, and the decision to introduce "Early Years Education-focused Inspections". However, we have a number of concerns about current plans.