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Panel Discussion on the National Early Years Strategy

Posted by Administrator on May 8, 2018

The following is taken directly from the Children’s Rights Alliance website

On 9 May 2018, following its AGM, the Children’s Rights Alliance is holding a public event to discuss the objectives and actions in the forthcoming National Early Years Strategy. The Government has committed to publishing the Strategy by the end of 2018. At the event we will hear from an expert panel on the vision for the Early Years Strategy and the need for investment in this area.

This event is open to members and non-members and will be of interest to a broad audience: legislators, policymakers, academics, child and family advocates, professionals working with children in their early years and parents.

11:00 Tea/Coffee Break & Registration

11:20 Welcome from Panel Chair: Tom Costello – Chair, Children’s Rights Alliance

11.30 Panel Discussion – “What are the priorities for the Strategy to give every child the best start in life?”

Panel Members:
o Teresa Heeney, CEO, Early Childhood Ireland
o Denise McCormilla, CEO, National Childhood Network
o Marian Quinn, Chair, Prevention and Early Intervention Network
o Orla Tuohy, National Parenting Lead, Lifestart Foundation

12.20 Audience Q&A

12.40 Keynote address – ‘The National Early Years Strategy’, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD

13.00 Close followed by a light lunch
Please RSVP by emailing




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