Elaine Dunne, chairperson met with providers who had similar concerns for the future of the Irish Early Years sector. They came up with the name Federation of Early Childhood Providers. Soon after establishing the group the name was abbreviated and stuck as the “Feds” by other agencies, Elaine and Fiona travelled up and down the country listening to concerns from providers on the ground. From this they knew they had to act quickly as some of these stories were distressing. They met some broken men and women on these trips.