Press Release

Early Years educators bring campaign for recognition to South Dublin County Council

Date Released: 05 May 2017

Early Years educators, who are members of the SIPTU Big Start campaign, will attend a meeting of South Dublin County Council on Monday (8th May) which will vote on a motion calling on the government to properly recognise and resource their sector.

Prior to the council debate a Big Start delegation will meet with Councillors to talk about the problems and growing crisis affecting Early Years education. This meeting will take place in the Rua Red Arts Centre in Tallaght, County Dublin, on Monday, 8th May, between 1.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.

Lisa Stirling, an Early Years educator from Clondalkin, said: “I love my job working with children but I want to be properly valued for the work I do. I think we need to come together in the sector to ensure that we are respected and recognised.”

SIPTU Organiser, Dave Curran, said: “The Early Years Sector is in a crisis and needs to change. Our key message is that to deliver quality Early Years services for our children, we need to attract and retain qualified and competent educators in the sector.

“This can only be achieved if the qualifications and experience of these professionals are recognised with appropriate pay and conditions of employment, this will necessitate adequate investment by the State.”

For further information on the Big Start campaign see www.bigstart.ie or visit the Big Start Campaign Facebook Page.



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