The Government has unveiled ‘First 5’, Ireland’s first ever cross-Departmental strategy to support babies, young children and their families. The ambitious ten-year plan will deliver: 1. A broader range of options for parents to balance working and caring, 2. A new model of parenting support, 3. New developments in child health, including a dedicated child health workforce, 4. Reform of the Early Learning and Care (ELC) system, including a new funding model & 5. A package of measures to tackle early childhood poverty.