I, like many others in Ireland, am watching the election-campaign in the UK with some fascination. The difference between politics in Ireland and politics in the UK is striking. From my perspective, what is most striking is how much early care and education is a political issue in the UK.
A quick look at party manifestos shows that each of the three main parties has made commitments around early care and education. Some are very specific, some a bit more vague. Some are ones that might sit readily with what Start Strong would like to see in place in Ireland, some might not. Regardless, children’s early care and education is getting political attention and priority. Politicians are saying what, if they were in government, they would do about children’s early care and education. Imagine that happening here.