Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (187)

Colm Brophy


187. Deputy Colm Brophy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the supports that exist for naíonraí; and the cost of increasing such supports by 5%. [53769/19]

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Written answers (Question to 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.