Childcare providers are warning of service closures unless the government provides extra funding for the sector.
The Federation of Early Childhood Providers (FECP) will protest outside the Dáil this morning calling for increases in funding.
It's the third time the group has staged a demonstration outside Leinster House.
The group says current funding levels are too low, 260 providers are at risk of closing in June 2023, as they won't be able to afford to operate.
The Federation's Chairperson Elaine Dunne says 'funding and ECCE subsidies are seriously inadequate.
The FECP is warning childcare services won’t sign-up to the Core-Funding proposal, as their issues are not being heard.”
The federation says €76 a week, per child is needed for childcare providers to run the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme services (ECCE).
Their proposals are projected to cost the State €30 million.