The Early Years Professionals’ Survey 2019 - Ireland


The Early Years Professionals’ Survey 2019, conducted by SIPTU Big Start Campaign, was carried out to gather information on the attitudes of those employed in the early years sector in relation to their work and involvement in early years settings and changes they thought could be made to improve the sector. Using the 3,200 survey responses this report gives a picture of the attitudes, experiences and expectations of those working in Ireland's early years sector.

Responses show a sector filled with dedicated professionals. However, despite their passion for the work, many workers found difficult working conditions, low pay and lack of recognition by society as barriers to staying in the sector. The survey report indicates potential changes that could be made in order to improve the quality of working conditions for employees.


Dr. Amy Greer Murphy



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