At least six Mayo-based childcare providers are at risk of closure due to rising costs and lack of government funding.

That’s according to the President of the Federations of Early Childhood Providers Elaine Dunne.

It follows a protest in Castlebar on Friday last against the government’s new funding model for the sector and was part of a series of similar demonstrations held across the country.

Rising energy costs, staffing and other inflation linked increases have rendered many ECCE providers unviable, with many looking likely to go out of business within a year.

Over 12,000 parents have signed a petition calling on government to adequately fund local childcare.

Federations of Early Childhood Providers President Elaine Dunne told Midwest News that numerous subsequent protests are planned, including into the New Year.

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