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Children from Cottage Kids Playschool in Tyrellstown, Lusk present their book “Being and Becoming Mathematicians Through Play” to the Minister for Education Jan O’ Sullivan. Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennells

  Parents of children paying for pre-school care will not benefit from the childcare measures announced in Budget 2016. Minister for P(...)

The State’s investment in preschool tuition is largely on the basis that high-quality early-years education can yield significant benefits for children later in life. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

Unpublished inspection reports examining the quality of tuition in creches delivering the free preschool year – w(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Paid parental leave should be extended to cover the first year of a child's life, a submission on the forthcoming National Early Years Strategy(...)