Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (309)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

309. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the actions that have been taken by him to implement the 2010 framework for action for the inclusion of children with special needs in early childhood education settings to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31625/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Framework for Action for the Inclusion of Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Education Settings was developed as a research project by Mary Immaculate in Limerick. The Framework has formed the basis for a Certificate in Inclusive Care and Education which is a Level 6 Special Purpose Award designed to provide those working with young children with the specific body of knowledge and skills required to support the inclusion of children with SEN in early childhood education settings. The framework is used more as a pedagogical tool by lecturers/tutors for courses on inclusion of children with special needs rather than directly by practitioners.