2014, Volume 17, Special Issue: Early Childhood Policy

Early Childhood Care and Education Policy: Ireland Country Note

early childhood research journal

Full Reference

Horgan, D., Martin, S., Cunneen, M., & Towler M. (2014). Early childhood care and education policy: Ireland country note. New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education Journal. Special Issue: Early Childhood Policy, 17, 21 - 34.

 

Invited Country Note

Early Childhood Care and Education Policy: Ireland Country Note

Deirdre Horgan, Shirley Martin, Maura Cunneen and Marcella Towler
University College Cork, Ireland 

 

Abstract

Historically early childhood care and education infrastructure and policy in Ireland has been underdeveloped compared to other OCED countries (OECD, 2004). According to the OECD (2012), access to childcare, staff training, high-quality provision and public expenditure are vitally important if all children are to benefit positively from ECCE provision. This Country Note addresses these issues briefly and discusses some key transitions in ECCE policy in Ireland.

Key words: Ireland; policy, state expenditure; early childhood care and education.

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