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Dear Parent / Guardian,

As you may be aware, a national protest will be held on Wednesday the 5th of February in Dublin to highlight the ongoing crisis in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). We are very aware of the fact that our closure will be an inconvenience for you, but we sincerely hope that you will support us on the day.

Why are we protesting?

Due to a chronic under investment in the ECEC by successive Governments the sector now finds itself in the midst of an ever-deepening crisis of affordability, low pay and sustainability.

Only the government can make the investment needed to reduce fees for parents, improve pay for educators and ensure that services are financially sustainable.

We are protesting to demand that the next government make ECEC a priority and:

1. Double investment in ECEC over the lifetime of the next government

2. Reduce fees for parents by introducing a new funding model

3. Ensure the financial sustainability of services

4. Improve pay for Early Years Educators

We intend to make history on the 5th of February, join us!

Do you want to continue to pay the second highest childcare fees in Europe? Do you want to see childcare services continuing to close their doors right across the country? Do you want to see your children’s Early Years Educators continuing to leave the sector as they can no longer afford to remain in the profession they love? If you have answered no to any or all of these questions, then please we are asking you to lend your support to the protest on the 5th of February.

Where possible we are asking parents to join us on the day of the protest to show your support for investment in high quality and affordable ECEC. If you can’t attend, we would ask that you spread messages of support far and wide — with other parents, your friends, family and colleagues.

Public support is vital in achieving our aim of securing a substantial increase in investment for the sector which will deliver for parents, providers, educators and children. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

Regards,

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The Early Years Alliance is a coalition campaigning for sustainable, high quality, affordable Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services delivered by professionals paid a decent wage for the valuable work they do with young children. The members of the Alliance include: Association of Childhood Professionals, the Federation of Childhood Providers, the National Community Childcare Forum, SIPTU, Seas Suas and the National Childhood Network.

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