Report on the Working Conditions of the Early Years Education and Care Sector 2017

Working Conditions of the Early Years Education and Care Sector

The primary purpose of this report of the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs is firstly, to focus attention on the poor working conditions and below average pay scales of all those working in the early years sector and, secondly, to highlight the major areas of concern currently facing the sector in both rural and urban services across all provinces.
In order to compile this report, the Rapporteur held an extensive series of national outreach meetings with staff working in the sector, with providers both community and private who serve in the sector, as well as several County Childcare Committee representatives. Finally, there was significant engagement with trade unions and their early years representatives who are conducting on-going nation-wide campaigns which address many of the issues raised throughout this report.