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. Following its Annual General Meeting on 14 June 2022, the following officers were elected:
Chairperson: Nicola Brogan, MLA (Sinn Féin)
Vice-Chairperson: Diane Dodds, MLA (DUP)
Secretary: Sinead McLaughlin, MLA (SDLP)
Treasurer: Nick Mathison, MLA (Alliance)
Further information about the All Party Group can be found on the Northern Ireland Assembly website here.
Since its establishment, the Group has met every second month and, as well as its MLA membership, has benefited 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find an update on each of the meetings of the All Party Group below: