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Siobhan Fitzpatrick bio

She is Chief Executive of Early Years, formerly known as NIPPA, and has been in post since 1989, having worked previously for the statutory sector within Health and Social Services. Early Years is the largest group based early year’s organisation working in Northern Ireland, currently with 1,000 member groups including playgroups, parent & toddler groups, and day care groups, nursery schools, classes and after school provisions.

In her role as Chief Executive, Siobhan has responsibility for policy and long term strategic development, fund management, relationships with the Inter-departmental Group on Early Years, Childcare Partnerships, and Pre-school Education Advisory Groups. She is a member of the Regional Reference Group on the development of a 0-6 Strategy for Northern Ireland (UK), the Obesity Taskforce and the National Child Care Coordinating Committee in the Republic of Ireland. She also manages Cross Border relationships and International partnerships. Siobhan is the European representative on the World Forum Foundation for early years care and education, where she chairs the International Working Group on Peace Building, and is a Board member of International Step by Step Association, an organisation which supports the development of early year’s services across Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. 

Siobhan is married and has three grown up daughters.

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