Galway CYPSC launches plan for early years services: “Supporting our children in their early years is the best investment we can make in ensuring their future success.”
This is the message delivered by Dr. Seamus Morrissey at the launch of the new County Galway Early Years Health and Wellbeing Plan. This plan sets out a joined-up and co-ordinated approach for statutory, community and voluntary organisations who work with children aged 1 to 3 years old in the county. It outlines the context, the process and the key actions to be undertaken between 2018 and 2022.
Addressing the services and organisations attending the launch, Dr. Morrissey said that
“the economic case for supporting and building upon the work that your services provide is compelling. Evidence from Ireland and abroad is unequivocal. Investing in services for children in their early years is repaid many times over by way of savings made as these children grow-up."
Dr. Morrissey went onto tell those providing services to young children that
“Early years services have an incredible influence over how our children grow up. In a very real way, the sort of nation we will be in 20 years time is being decided by the work being done today.”
Development of the plan was supported by Healthy Ireland funding administered through Galway Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC).
In performing the launch, Chair of Galway CYPSC, interim Tusla Area Manager John Donnellan, told the launch that
“A good foundation in the early years makes a difference through adulthood. At the level of the individual child, investment in early years sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour and health”.
Mr. Donnellan thanked Dr. Morrissey, the Galway City Partnership, Healthy Ireland, and all those who were consulted and who contributed to the plan. “Delivering on this plan will require all of us to work more closely together so that every child in the county gets the best possible start in life. We look forward to making this a reality.”
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