Thursday, 20 June 2013

Questions (225, 226)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

225. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 870 of 11 June 2013, the person who will be responsible for inspecting educational standards when the work moves to the planned Child and Family Agency; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29986/13]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

226. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 872 of 11 June 2013, if early education standards are still being assessed by public health nurses and the Health Service Executive environmental health officers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29987/13]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 and 226 together.

As the Deputy is aware and as referenced in my response of 11 June to Question Nos. 870 and 872 the options for the development of a more comprehensive and broader-based inspection regime for preschools is being considered by officials of my Department and the Department of Education and Skills. This work is ongoing and is being informed by the findings of a recent Joint Pilot Inspection carried out in a small number of settings by Inspectors from the Health Service Executive and the Department of Education and Skills.