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Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Social Welfare Schemes

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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619. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the items that will be included in the free book selection for pupils enrolling in primary school for the first time; and the estimated value of same per pupil. [31817/22]

Photo of Roderic O'GormanRoderic O'Gorman (Dublin West, Green Party)
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The First 5 My Little Library initiative offers a book bag with books and resources to every 4 and 5 year old starting school in September. The children will receive an invitation to participate in this initiative through their early learning and care settings or special pre-school.

The objective of this action is that all children starting school in September 2022 will have storybooks in their home and be members of their local library.

Children were invited through their pre-school, to visit their local library to pick up the book bag containing the books and resources on starting school. The resources include a social story card about the library and a guide for parents in supporting their children's transition to school.

When the children visit with their parents for their book bag they are also invited to join the library. The value of each bag with 3 high quality children's books is a little under €15. The bags are available in both English and Irish.

The initiative will continue throughout the summer of 2022. So far 25,000 bags have been collected and 11,000 additional 4 and 5 years olds have joined the library.

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