DCYA Announcement Minister publishes detailed implementation plan for First 5

Minister publishes detailed implementation plan for First 5, the whole-of-Government strategy for babies, young children and their families

Wednesday 22nd May 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, has today unveiled the Government’s initial implementation plan for ‘First 5’, Ireland’s first ever strategy for early childhood.

First 5 is a radical ten-year strategy that will deliver:

  1. A broader range of options for parents to balance working and caring
  2. A new model of parenting support 
  3. New developments in child health, including a dedicated child health workforce 
  4. Reform of the Early Learning and Care (ELC) system, including a new funding model
  5. A package of measures to tackle early childhood poverty

The Implementation Plan describes the ambitious steps that will be taken in the initial implementation phase – from 2019 to 2021. Its development was led by an Inter-Departmental Group chaired by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Speaking about today’s publication, Minister Zappone said:

“As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I am delighted to publish the First 5 Implementation Plan

This three-year plan describes the steps we will take in the short term to reform the architecture of early childhood services over the next decade, ensuring that children have the necessary supports in life to develop to their full potential.

This Plan sets us well on course towards fully realising the vision of First 5”.

First 5 includes more than 150 actions that will be progressed in the initial implementation phase. 

To view the full announcement including a summary of key actions and milestones click here 

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