As part of the Regional Investment Framework (RIF), “Services” is now one of main areas identified by the Government for RDAs to focus on. One service that was identified was early childhood education and care. To obtain an understanding of the situation in our region, RDAMNC conducted a survey of both childcare providers and parents in September 2023.
RDAMNC have prepared a quantitative and qualitative summary of both surveys which can be viewed here.
This is the first part of our work in this area with follow up to come in the form of:
- Consultation with peak body and government representatives.
- Engagement of an Economist to analyise the economic impacts to providers, families and businesses.
- Workshops (in February 2024) with stakeholders to look at opportunities in the region to increase supply.
- Advocacy report on the surveys, consultations, economic analysis and workshop outcomes.
It is anticipated that this project will be completed by the end of June 2024.