Members of the SIPTU Big Start Campaign will meet with TDs and County Councillors to discuss the crisis in the Early Years sector at a meeting in the St. Peters Parish Centre in Bray, County Wicklow, today (Monday, 8th May) at 7.00 p.m. The SIPTU Big Start Campaign in Wicklow brings together educators, service providers and managers from across the county to demand increased investment and recognition for workers in the Early Years sector. Wicklow based Early Years service provider, Gill Gray, said: “Quality Early Years services will soon be a thing of the past if funding to the sector is not increased. Service levels are simply not sustainable as it currently stands.” SIPTU Organiser, Shonagh Byrne, said: “The Early Years sector is in a crisis. Parents are paying high fees, yet providers are struggling to make ends meet and educators are under-paid and undervalued. The key message of the Big Start Campaign is that to build a quality Early Years sector for our children, the government needs to increase investment.” For further information on the Big Start Campaign see or visit the Big Start Campaign Facebook Page.