There will be a significant requirement for early learning and care capital investment over the next number of years. This is currently recognised in the National Planning Framework (NPF) and the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018-2027.
The NPF highlights the contribution of early childhood care and education to the important role of childcare provision in terms of underpinning future patterns of labour force participation. The Government's commitment to this is demonstrated by the commitment of €250 million of resources under the NDP over the period to 2027. It is too early at this stage to identify any associated consultancy costs as planning is still at very early stages.