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Press release, 11/07/2014: Start Strong welcomes new Minister and says Early Years needs to be a top priority

Two children doing craftsStart Strong welcomes new Minister and says Early Years needs to be a top priority.

New Minister needs to prioritise the National Early Years Strategy 

Dublin July 11th – Government and new Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly, need to make children’s early care and education a top priority, it has been recommended.

Start Strong - a coalition of organisations and individuals seeking to advance children’s early care and education in Ireland – welcomed Minister James Reilly to his new role and said that Government action is needed to ensure children get the best possible start in life.

“We welcome the appointment of Minister James Reilly to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and urge him to follow through on the government commitment to a National Early Years Strategy” said Ciairín de Buis, Director of Start Strong.

“We saw from the Eurydice report last week that parents here pay the highest costs in Europe. But as we know from the RTE Prime Time programme, A breach of trust, high-costs are no guarantee of high-quality” added Ms. de Buis.

“Early Years are a crucial time in a child’s life. They can shape a child’s future. More than two years have already passed since we were told that Ireland’s first National Early Years strategy was to be developed. Young children can’t wait any longer.”

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