Save our early years – ‘Services around the country are closing at a frightening rate’

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Many of the small preschools in Malahide will be closed on Friday 11 and 25 of November in protest of the government’s new funding model, which assumes one size fits all.

Elaine Dunne started the petition against some of the new changes introduced. The Federation of Early Childhood Providers acknowledges the introduction of the new funding scheme – Core Funding. 

However, it claims some significant issues need to be addressed in order to secure the viability of Early Years services including ECCE preschools, part-time and full day care services. 

“Services around the country are closing at a frightening rate – another 80 have closed this year so far. We are asking the Department of Children to address our issues urgently. 

“It is leaving the small ECCE services massively underfunded and undervalued.

If your child attended a small preschool, currently attends one or is going to start in one; if local parents would like to continue to have a choice in the type of service that you can send your child to, please help the small providers have their voices heard and stop them being pushed out by signing the petition below: 

“Early Year Services are the backbone of every town and village across the country. It is of upmost importance that their viability is ensured and that they stay open to meet the need of their community. We are asking parents to sign this petition to secure the viability of their local early years’ service. We need your help as the department is not listening!”

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