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Launch of Principles for a Public Childcare Model

Invitation to the online launch of:

Principles for delivering a high quality, inclusive and accessible Public Childcare Model

Thursday 11th November @ 11:30

Register Here

The Community Platform believes that the progressive delivery of a high quality, inclusive and accessible public childcare model is urgently needed. Lessons from the past, and reinforced by the Covid-19 pandemic, show the important role of the state in providing key public services and in ensuring universal access. A properly designed and delivered public childcare model can play an important role in addressing poverty and disadvantage. The Six Principles for a Public Childcare Model are:

  1. Child centred
  2. State Responsibility
  3. Investment
  4. Quality, inclusion and accessibility
  5. Equality
  6. Decent working conditions

Following the presentation of the Platform’s Principles the launch will have speakers outlining their support for a public model of childcare from their perspective as parents, childcare providers and professionals. This includes

  • Bróna Ní Chobhthaigh, South Inner City Community Development Association, perspective of community childcare provider
  • Mick Kenny, Association of Childcare Professionals – Perspective of Childcare professionals
  • Vicky Wall, Waterford Women’s Centre Childcare – Parent perspective

A panel of speakers, including representatives from the community sector, trade unions and political parties will then respond to these proposals and perspectives. The panel includes:

  • Orla O’Connor, NWC
  • Dr Laura Bambrick, ICTU
  • Ivana Bacik TD – Labour
  • Richard Boyd Barrett TD – People Before Profit
  • Kathleen Funchion TD – Sinn Féin
  • Jennifer Whitmore TD – Social Democrats

Anyone requiring Irish Sign Language contact communityplatform@eapn.ie

The event is online by zoom: A link will be sent to those who register closer to date of the launch.

Press Statement – Budget 2022

A network of 32 national community and voluntary organisations has called on the Government to put the values of Community, Participation and Decency at the heart of its implementation of the Economic Recovery Plan and Budget 2022 and use it to redress ongoing inequalities in our society that Covid-19 has highlighted and reinforced.

The Community Platform, a network of 32 national organisations working to address poverty, social exclusion and inequality, has published Four Tests which it will use to assess Budget 2022.

Press Statement – Budget 2021

A network of 30 national community and voluntary organisations has called on the Government to put the values of Community, Participation and Decency at the heart of Budget 2021 and use it to redress ongoing inequalities in our society that Covid-19 had highlighted and reinforced.

The Community Platform, a network of 30 national organisations working to address poverty, social exclusion and inequality, has published Four Tests which it will use to assess Budget 2021.

Valuing Social Dialogue

The Community Platform has published Valuing Social Dialogue which outlines the Values, Principles and Practice which should inform genuine and inclusive social dialogue.  This is crucial if we are to move forward in a balanced way that strengthens our economy, our environment, our society and our communities to the benefit of. everyone and leaves no-one behind.