Additional funding to help address barriers to learning in the early years
Education Minister, John O’Dowd, is to provide nearly £200,000 additional funding to help address barriers to learning in the early years.
The additional funding in this financial year is being made available to 94 voluntary and private pre-school settings offering funded pre-school places. It will be used to help identify and address underdeveloped social, emotional, communication and language skills of young children.
The Minister said: “I am committed to effectively targeting and addressing barriers to learning. Making the right intervention in the early years is a real opportunity to assist in improving the lives of our children. Voluntary and private pre-school settings offering funded pre-school places play a crucial role in helping children to fulfil their potential. I am therefore delighted to announce today that almost a quarter of settings in the Pre-school Education Programme are eligible for a portion of the funding.”
In conclusion the Minister said: “I am committed to raising standards and addressing educational underachievement. Improving children’s experiences and achievements in the early years impacts on their future life chances. It is imperative that we give every child the best possible start in life and build on strong foundations for future learning.”