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Pre-school funding boost of £1.3m

Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has announced funding of up to £1.3m to fund pre-school places.

This year there was a shortage of 1,200 pre-school places across the province.

The minister said: “I have announced that I will be making a further provision of up to £1.3m to meet the shortage and ensure that, where possible, every child will be placed for the 2010/11 school year.

“I recognise the importance of the early years of a child’s life and the benefits that quality pre-school education provides and that is why I have made this funding available.

“Whilst pre-school is not a compulsory phase of education, I welcome the fact that parents recognise and want this very |beneficial experience for their |children.”

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