Thursday, 12 December 2013
Department of Education and Skills
Early Years Strategy Implementation
79. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the role of his Department in the development of the national early years strategy; the number of staff from the early years education policy unit in his Department who are involved in same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53630/13]
The Early Years Education Policy Unit is co-located with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to ensure that policies relating to early years care and education are aligned.
My Department has agreed with the D/CYA that the Early Years Education Policy Unit will contribute as appropriate on all aspects of the Early Years Strategy relating to the Education remit.
My Department will nominate the most appropriate person from the Early Years Education Policy Unit to represent the DES on the different groups established by the D/CYA to work on Strategy and will also act as a conduit for input by other sections or agencies of the DES.