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Written Answers. - Standards in Pre-School Nurseries.

Thursday, 28 March 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 463 No. 5

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 17. Mr. M. McDowell Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell  asked the Minister for Education Information on Niamh Bhreathnach Zoom on Niamh Bhreathnach  the input, if any, her Department has in relation to the monitoring of standards in child care in pre-school nurseries. [6684/96]

Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach): Information on Niamh Bhreathnach Zoom on Niamh Bhreathnach The general legislative provisions regarding the supervision of pre-school services are contained in the 1991 Child Care Act. These matters are the responsibility of the Minister for Health.

My Department's responsibility in the pre-school area is limited to its involvement in the delivery of the early start pre-school programme.

This service is being developed as an integral part of the primary schools to which the early start pre-schools are attached. As such, it is subject to the normal supervision of my Department's inspectorate.

My Department is represented on a working party established by the Minister for Health to prepare regulations to secure the health, safety and welfare and promote the development of pre-school children attending pre-school services.

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