Early Childhood Ireland issues statement on budget extension Learner Fund
In their press release Early Childhood Ireland responds to the Minister of Children and Youth Affairs' announcement of 500.000 euro budget extension for Irish the Learner Fund. They state that the extra budget for the Learner Fund is welcome but not enough in terms of scope or amount. The organisation stresses they don’t want a ‘goodie bag’ approach from elected representatives aimed at doing well in the election, rather than doing well for children:
“We can understand why the Minister and his department are focused first and foremost on minimum qualifications and the publication of the long awaited Childcare Regulations will set the minimum qualification required to work in this sector. What we don’t accept is this Government’s high expectation in getting maximum returns from the early childhood care and education sector based on minimum State investment. We must see a step change in investment, starting in the next budget."
Read the press release here.