Act now: Re-imagining early childhood education and care in Ireland

Excerpted from introduction
The current pandemic has highlighted weaknesses in our social systems in general, and in Early Childhood Education and Care [ECEC] in particular. Closure of early childhood provision has left already overburdened ‘key workers’ without vital childcare support, and children from the most marginalised groups deprived of fundamentals like a daily nutritious meal, a safe space outside the home and a nurturing early learning environment.