16/02/2024

Ministers Highlight Importance Of Accessible Childcare

The First and Deputy First Ministers have visited the Ashton Community Trust and Shankill Women's Centre to highlight the importance of good quality and accessible childcare.

Both settings are social enterprises offering childcare facilities for parents living and working in their areas –Kinderkids Daycare in the Ashton Community Trust and Small Wonders Daycare & Afterschool Club in the Shankill Women's Centre

First Minister Michelle O'Neill said: "Access to high-quality and affordable childcare is a top priority for the Executive and I am committed to ensuring we deliver this for all working parents.

"The childcare facilities offered by Ashton and the Shankill Women's Centre are fantastic.  It is great to see the positive impact they have on the local community and especially for working parents and those looking to return to work or in education.

Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly said: "I understand the pressures facing families when it comes to accessing affordable, quality childcare. I am focused on ensuring the Executive delivers a childcare strategy that puts the needs of working families front and centre.

"Facilities like the ones we have visited today are the backbone of communities and it is important we do all we can to ensure they can meet the needs of local families."


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