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Minister to inspect pre schools for education standards

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 16/09/2014. Minister to inspect pre schools for education standardsTags: Education And Politics Parenting

Minister of Education, Jan O’Sullivan, is planning to check the quality of education being provided by creches and pre schools around the country.

Like school inspections, pre school inspectors will evaluate the standard of education for children enrolled in such facilities. The Minister who is a former pre school teacher herself, is planning to recruit between 8 and 10 full time inspectors that will work in the area next year.

The plan is part of a drive to ensure that levels of education for numeracy and literacy are met for pre schoolers to come up to standard with the rest of Europe in pre school education, but also to ensure that children have a better advantage when entering public schooling.

She told the Irish Independent,
"Children at that age are so ready to absorb so much, and if they do at that age it is so much easier for them when they go on to deal with literacy and numeracy in a more formal structure - and not just literacy and numeracy.
"If you don't get the concept of numbers when you are very young you can get left behind right through school".

According to research, children and teenagers who had early learning performed better in later years, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds who were enrolled in early learning ‘overcame the educational inequalities associated with that.’ (Irish Independent)

According to reports, Ireland has been lagging behind in pre school education standards and these new initiatives are seen as a drive towards improving this standard to the European average.

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