It follows the response of the Department of Education to an Assembly Question tabled by Ms. McLaughlin.
Said the Foyle MLA: “The temporary expansion of Waterside Sure Start since 2021 has brought much needed benefits to people in Tullyally and Drumahoe and although I am pleased that the Minister has indicated she will take account of the findings of the independent early years review that will include consideration of Surestart targeting.
“I am concerned that without a firmer commitment to continue this coverage that the Department could risk missing a moment of opportunity here.
“The Minister should have no hesitation in assuring us that she will take every measure possible to continue this funding.
“The earliest days of a child’s life are essential in determining so many outcomes and we should be taking every possible opportunity to support as many children in Derry and across the North to have the fair start that they deserve.
“Surestart is a vital part of learning and well-being support for so many children.
“We know the difference this important infrastructure makes not only for the children and their social and emotional development but also for parents in accessing advice and support.
“I am determined to hold the Minister to account on this crucial matter for families in Derry.
“I will keep pushing for the funding necessary to secure a permanent expansion of Surestart to Tullyally and Drumahoe so families here can continue to have the full benefits of this coverage.”Tags: