Study underlines advantages of co-ordinated approach to childcare

DIT's Centre for Social and Educational Research (CSER) was recently commissioned by Childcare Network Loch Garman (CNLG) to carry out an evaluation of their programme of co-ordinated childcare in Co. Wexford.

CNLG's committee and its co-ordinator Pat Purcell have worked over the last seven years to address the needs of children, parents, childcare providers and students of childcare in Wexford. With childcare now more prominently on the national agenda, and changes taking place at national and local level, they took the decision to commission CSER to evaluate their work and their role for the future.

Reviewing the work of CNLG since it was set up in 1995, the Report identifies important factors in its success and outlines recommendations for future developments, particularly in light of changes in policy and funding.

The management committee is now looking forward to acting on the recommendations to ensure that CNLG continues to be effective in coordinating the activities and interests of all its stakeholders.

Following the official launch of the report in Enniscorthy this month, Ms Lorna Ryan of CSER said the Centre had been delighted to undertake the evaluation. She congratulated CNLG on having had the foresight to establish their network long before such an approach was recommended as national policy:

"The importance of learning networks for childcare providers within the community sector was identified in1999 by the Expert Working Group on Childcare, and again in 2002 in the evaluation of the Community Support Childcare Initiative undertaken by Goodbody Economic Consultants. However, CNLG has been doing this since 1995. Their experience has relevance for national policy and can be a source of learning for other counties thinking of forming networks."

If you would like further information on this study, please contact:

Liz Kerrins
Centre for Social And Educational Research (CSER)
DIT Rathmines House
Rathmines Road
Dublin 6Tel:: 01 402 3492

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