Early Years

Scrutiny review - Children, Education & Home Affairs Panel

Launch date: 31/05/2007

Review status: Report published

What is the review about?

The proposed free early education for ages 3 to 4.

Terms of reference

  1. To consider what is required for the effective delivery of early years education and care, with particular regard to the needs of the following:
        1. The children

          The parents

          The providers of care and education

  2. To consider the stated aims of the Minister for Education, Sport and Culture in providing all 3 to 4 year olds with 20 hours of early years education for 38 weeks a year, with particular reference to the following:
        • Cost and resource implications

          Equity of access

          Potential impact of partnerships between the public and private sectors

          Expectations and requirements of parents who wish to work 

  3. To consider how the Department of Education, Sport and Culture’s work on the provision of education and childcare for 3 to 4 year olds will fit within an overall, integrated strategy for 0 to 4 year olds
  4. To examine any further issues relating to the topic that may arise in the course of the Scrutiny Review and which the Panel considers relevant

Call for evidence




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