Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Department of Education and Skills
Early Childhood Care and Education
Financial supports for Early Childhood Education and Care settings generally are the responsibility of my colleague the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, and my colleague the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has some responsibility in respect of financial supports for naíonraí.
One of the main goals of my Department's Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022 is to strengthen early years’ educational provision in the Gaeltacht. In this context my Department has committed to the development and provision of guidance for naíonraí and primary schools on the development of links between them, including exemplars of good practice, and to enhancing the delivery of inspection services through Irish, and work is progressing in these areas.