The launch of the first all-Tipperary County Childcare Committee has been lauded as an important occasion for the county.
Minister Alan Kelly was in attendance for the launch, underlining its importance, and he told the many childcare providers present that it was a ‘a good day’ for the sector.
The County Childcare Committee hopes to become a central hub of information and support for all working in the childcare sector in Tipperary. These committees implement national childcare programmes and policies at a local level.
Dr Mary Daly, chair of the Board of Directors who has worked in the early years sector for more than 15 years, said the launch of the committee was an important occasion. Much has changed in the last ten years in particular there has been a policy shift from focusing on getting women back to work and ensuring children are cared for, to children's rights. We now have free pre-school years, Aistear and Siolta programmes, literacy and numeracy strategies and a new inspections regime.
Aileen Healy, TCCC CEO said the priorities of the body will be to support the delivery and implementation of childcare funding programmes and continue quality ongoing training and continuing professional development.
The six staff of the TCCC are based in the former Cashel Town Council civic offices on Friar Street in Cashel, and will soon expand its workforce to eight.
Minister Kelly said the launch represented “a fabulous beginning” for the Committee. He spoke to the childcare providers who came to the event about government childcare policy ‘Better outcomes, brighter future.’