Childhood Services Ireland (CSI) is Ibec’s newest trade association and represents childcare providers across the country. The childcare sector in Ireland looks after more than 200,000 children in 4,600 childcare services and employs almost 31,000 childcare professionals. CSI brings together childcare providers from a diverse range of services as the strong unifying voice of providers in Ireland.

The childcare sector in Ireland has suffered from years of inactivity in policy developments and structural improvements since the foundation of the State. The Government in recent years have made evident efforts to improve the sustainability and quality of the sector but it has become increasingly apparent that efforts must be significantly improved and refocused to make a positive impact on the ever increasing issues faced by children, parents, providers, and practitioners.

The CSI Council, chaired by Mr Alec Flood, was appointed in September 2020 and consists of 16 members from across the sector. Darragh Whelan has been appointed as CSI Director and manages the operations of the CSI executive. The CSI Council and CSI team are all dedicated to the betterment of the sector and engage constructively on policy formulation through evidence-based research.

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Childhood Services Ireland / Objectives

1: To be the strong, unifying voice of the childhood services sector in Ireland 

2: Lobbying and Negotiation 

• Have a clear mandate to negotiate with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on behalf of the sector and other relevant government departments (including Department of An Taoiseach and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)
• Be a trusted consultation partner on the childhood services sector for government and other state, semi-state bodies and key stakeholders
• Put childcare on top of the national agenda
• Covid 19: provide certainty for providers in these uncertain times

3: The future of childhood services 

• Highlight the importance of financial sustainability of the sector
• Review of systems and structure of inspections, compliance, and regulations with Tusla (including deregistration protocols etc.) and Pobal
• Create a positive image of the sector in the media: careers, training, professionalisation
• Provide HR advice, guidance, and support for the sector


COVID-19 / Information, guidance and support

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