Pre-School Improvement Proposals Laid Out

Proposals for improving the quality of pre-school services have been unveiled by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

The Fine Gael TD, Frances Fitzgerald, said: “As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, driving the early childhood care and education quality agenda is one of my key objectives. I believe we can achieve this objective by taking a number of steps which my Department, in conjunction with the Department of Education and Skills, has been examining.

The proposed steps include:

• enhancing the support available to individual pre-school services in implementing Síolta and Aistear.

• adapting the existing pre-school inspection system to provide an early education inspection and assessment system, similar to that in place for primary schools.

• reviewing the professional training system for early education practitioners to ensure that it has the capability to deliver accessible and affordable training of appropriate quality at the required standards.

Between September 2011 and May 2012 a ‘Joint Pilot Inspection of Early Years Services’ was carried out by the HSE, as part of the governments efforts for a more comprehensive inspection regime, which the minister said would lead to a “greater focus on children’s outcomes, including in relation to educational development and child wellbeing.”

The minister added: “This Joint Inspection pilot will inform the proactive approach being taken by my Department.”


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

20 May 2014
Appeal For Information After Attempted ATM Robbery
Gardaí in Rathfarnham have appealed for information over the attempted robbery of an ATM machine at a Knocklyon shopping centre. Garda say that an attempt to free the cash machine from a wall was made at about 4am and they have had reports of a loud bang.
02 July 2013
HSE Miss Creche Inspection Reports Deadline
HSE will miss key deadlines on safeguards for children in creches and preschools. Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald had promised the publication of inspection reports from July 01, but as of today no such reports can be found on the HSE's website.
02 April 2014
53% Of Household Septic Tanks Fail First Inspection
53 per cent of household septic tanks inspected by Local Authorities have failed first inspection, according to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many of the failures could have been avoided by householders taking simple steps to maintain their treatment systems.
24 May 2013
Call For All Crèche Inspection Reports To Be Published Immediately
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children, Robert Troy TD, has called on the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald to direct the HSE to publish all crèche inspection reports immediately. Deputy Troy commented: "For everybody's sake we need full disclosure and transparency right away. There is enormous anxiety and stress among parents right now.
26 February 2019
Govt Accused Of 'Dragging Its Heels' On Independent Inspection Regime
The government has been accused of "dragging its heels" on the introduction of a quality standards framework and an independent inspection regime for emergency accommodation.