Thursday, 12 December 2013
Department of Education and Skills
80. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the policy programmes in his Department that cover the early years and preschool sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53631/13]
In developing policies, my Department looks at the continuum of education from a child's earliest years through to pre-school, the formal education system and further/higher education/self directed learning as part of a life-long learning agenda.
Policies relating to early years and pre-school are interwoven into policies and not developed in isolation. This can be seen in the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, the Inter-Cultural Education Strategy and the Traveller Education Strategy.
My Department is currently developing a National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development which includes the early years sector as a matter of course.