Dáil Éireann - Volume 649 - 04 March, 2008
Written Answers. - Early Childhood Education.
Deputy Olivia Mitchell Deputy Olivia Mitchell
Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for Education and Science her plans to introduce State funded nationwide pre-schooling for all children; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8893/08]
Deputy Mary Hanafin Deputy Mary Hanafin
Deputy Mary Hanafin: As the Deputy may be aware, the vast majority of support for childcare, including pre-school education, is not provided by my Department, but is now provided by the Office of the Minister for Children under the National Childcare Investment Programme 2006-2010 which is the successor programme to the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme.
Investment of €575 million under the NCIP aims to create an additional 50,000 places. 10,000 of these places will be for pre-school children.
My Department’s main interventions in Early Years have been targeted towards children who experience disadvantage or who have special needs. This will continue to be a priority for my Department.
Dáil Éireann 649 Written Answers. Early Childhood Education.