On Thursday, 25 June, the Children’s Rights Alliance held a webinar on the future of the early years sector. The discussion was chaired by Tom Costello, former Chair of the Children’s Rights Alliance and current member of the National Advisory Council for the Children and Youth Strategy. Our panelists included, Louise Bayliss, SPARK Ireland, Frances Byrne, Early Childhood Ireland, Clare Downey, National Parent’s Council, Nóirín Hayes, Trinity College Dublin, Darragh O’Connor, SIPTU and Mathias Urban, Dublin City University
We were joined by over 200 attendees who helped make the conversation and questions and answers all the more engaging. Over the course of the two-hour long event, our panel discussed;
The webinar was livestreamed and has reached an audience of over 15,000 online. There is clearly a desire for more discussion and debate as we find ourselves at a crossroads for the early years sector. You can watch the video back on our Facebook here.
The conversation was trending online so there are plenty more questions, comments, thoughts and ideas to explore. You can follow the discussion with #FutureofEarlyYears.
For more information about our early years work or for queries about the webinar, please contact Mary Nicholson, our Social Policy Analyst at firstname.lastname@example.org.