All Party Group on Early Education and Childcare

The Stormont All Party Group on Early Education and Childcare was established in 2020 to promote best practice policy and provision in the delivery of early education and childcare in Northern Ireland. The current office bearers are:

Chairperson: Chris Lyttle, MLA (Alliance)

Vice-Chairperson: Sinead McLaughlin, MLA (SDLP)

Secretary: Nicola Brogan, MLA (Sinn Féin)

Treasurer: Claire Sugden, MLA (Independent)

A full list of members can be found on the Northern Ireland Assembly website here.

The Group meets every second month and, as well as its MLA membership, benefits from the constructive engagement of a wide range of key stakeholders including:

  • Departmental officials
  • Membership bodies from the early education and childcare sectors
  • Childcare providers
  • Charities and civic society organisations
  • Women’s sector lobbyists
  • Industry and employer representatives
  • Academics
  • Trade Unions
  • Other elected representatives.

Meetings of the Group provide an opportunity to hear from expert speakers and practitioners, as well as to discuss key issues affecting children, parents, childcare providers and our economy and society as a whole. They are regularly attended by 40+ stakeholders from across the childcare and early education sectors.

Employers For Childcare provides the secretariat for the All Party Group on Early Education and Childcare. To find out more, or to be added to the invitation list email aoife.hamilton@employersforchildcare.org.

You can find an update on each of the meetings of the All Party Group below:

January 2022: Vital role of early education and childcare in giving children the best start in life 

November 2021: Vital role of childcare in the economy highlighted at All Party Group meeting

September 2021: Education Minister addresses All Party Group on Early Education and Childcare on progress towards a new Childcare Strategy

June 2021: All Party Group on early Education and Childcare AGM

May 2021: All Party Group on Early Education and Childcare meets to hear about childcare for children with additional needs

March 2021: All Party Group on Early Education and Childcare learns about policy developments in other jurisdictions

November 2020: All Party Group on Early Education and Childcare focuses on importance of childcare to the economy and maternal employment

September 2020: Education Minister addresses All Party Group on Early Education and Childcare

August 2020: First meeting of the All Party Group on Early Education and Childcare