Respond Housing Association welcomes the recent announcement by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to launch the new Area Based Response to Child Poverty Programme 2013 – 2016, which focuses on prevention and early intervention pre-school childcare, which is aimed at increased parental support and involvement.
Respond feels it would be a great shame if the current discussions around funding and delivery of early education, neglected to consider the possibility of enhancing Community Childcare services aimed at improved outcomes being delivered. Powerful evidence suggests positive and engaged parents have a major influence on their child’s overall achievements. Children learn rapidly from their early days and their experiences in their early years alongside direct involvement from their parent/s lays down the strong foundation for their future development. Respond believes that young children need to have a secure relationship with a parent / caregiver in an early years learning environment in order to develop socially, emotionally and cognitively.
Respond Regional Manager Tom Power stated that;
‘The working relationship and partnership Respond are currently building with parents is envisaged to positively enhance children’s development, attachment, interactions and learning both in the early years setting and the home environment’
This new area based Programme of Department of Children and Youth Affairs is being delivered as part of the Government’s commitment to build on the learning from existing prevention and early intervention programmes to help break the cycle of child poverty and improve outcomes for children and young people.
Respond believes this initiative creates a local conduit facilitating statutory and non-statutory service providers to come together to target vulnerable groups in our immediate communities, ensuring the supports get directly to where it is needed most.