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Submissions

Report to European Commission: Childcare in Ireland - Nov 2015 PDF document

Start Strong recently made a submission to the European Commission, outlining Ireland's progress in relation to the Country Specific Recommendation on Childcare. Read more

Submission on National Skills Strategy - Nov 2015 PDF document

Start Strong recently made a submission to the Department of Education and Skills in relation to the development of a new National Skills Strategy to 2025. Read more

Start Strong Analysis of Budget 2016 - Oct 2015 PDF document

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. Read more

Pre-Budget Submission - July 2015 PDF document

Our Pre-Budget Submission for Budget 2016 includes practical recommendations on how the Government should use the upcoming Budget to deliver quality, affordable childcare. Read more

Start Strong Submission on Education-focused Inspections - June 2015 PDF document

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. Read more

Reports & Publications

General Election 2016: Manifesto Analysis - February 2016 PDF document

Read Start Strong's analysis of the #EarlyYears commitments made in the election manifestos published in advance of #GE16. Read more

A Plan to end poverty among children and young people - December 2015 PDF document

'A Plan to end poverty among children and young people – a detailed analysis of the issues' and one page summary by Start Strong, the Children’s Rights Alliance and the National Youth Council of Ireland. Read more

Family Leave Infographic - June 2015 PDF document

Research shows children do best when cared for at home for at least the first year. But, as this infographic shows, our current family leave policies don't support this. Read more

'Childcare': Business or Profession? - April 2015 PDF document

Early years services need to be seen as providing a public service, not as private businesses, according to the latest report from Start Strong 'Childcare': Business or Profession? Read more

Families and Work: A Chance for Change - September 2014 PDF document

A briefing note on Family leave, jointly published by Start Strong, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI). Read more

Policy briefs

'Childcare' - Business or Profession? - March 2015 PDF document

Early years services need to be seen as providing a public service, not as private businesses, according to the latest Report, Policy Brief & Flyer from Start Strong. Read more

Policy Brief "The Double Dividend: Childcare that's affordable and high quality

The Double Dividend: Childcare that's affordable and high quality - June 2014 PDF document

Our latest policy brief looks at how we can achieve the "Double Dividend" of making childcare affordable and high quality. Read more

"Right from the Start" - November 2013 PDF document

Start Strong's Policy Brief "Right from the Start: Key Messages" and summary document, "Right from the Start: Recommendations of the Expert Advisory Group". Read more

Childminding - regulation and recognition - October 2012 PDF document

Start Strong's third Policy Brief focuses on childminding, calling for its regulation and recognition. Read more

Families: Children's first educators - August 2012 PDF document

Families: Children's first educators - the second of a series of Policy Briefs that will build towards our submission on the National Early Years Strategy - focuses on how Government policies can help families give their children a good start in life. Read more

Early Learning: Policies for Children's First 3 Years - May 2012 PDF document

Early Learning - the first of a series of Policy Briefs that will build towards our submission on the National Early Years Strategy - focuses on children's first 3 years - a neglected area of Government policy. Read more

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