Pre-School Education

Early StartThe Early Start Pre-School Pilot Project is a one-year preventative intervention scheme offered in selected schools in designated disadvantaged areas in Ireland. The objective of the programme, which is managed, funded and evaluated by the Department of Education and Science, is to tackle educational disadvantage by targeting children who are at risk of not reaching their potential within the school system.

For information on childhood education, including the role of the Dept of Education, government policy, childcare regulations, Early Start Programme, and Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education in Dublin, click on one of the links below.

Early Start

Early Start is a preventative program targeting children aged 3 or 4 from disadvantaged areas that may not in the future reach their full potential through school. The program is currently running in about 40 schools throughout the country. The classes take place in vacant rooms in schools. There are on average about two classes a day, on in the morning and one early afternoon. After the program the children progress into junior infants.

Links and Resources

  • BabyPre-School Education Info
    The aims of Early Start are: to implement an educational programme that will enhance the overall development of young children and prevent school failure, to counteract the effects of social disadvantage.... more » 
  • Baby-2-Kids Baby-2-Kids
    The place to go when you need practical and relavent information on raising children in Ireland for new and used parents! Advice from pregnancy to newborn babies and through childhood.   more »
  • Citizens Information General Information on Birth & Children in Ireland
    Are you or is someone you know about to become a parent? A guide to State services in Ireland and overview of some of the issues that will concern you, whatever your situation. more » 
  • DCCC Logo small Childcare Online
    In the absence of an overarching national or local strategy for childcare in Ireland, childcare services were provided by individuals and organizations in every sector, in response to local demand for childcare facilities. more » 

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