Start Strong Submission on Education-focused Inspections - June 2015
Start Strong welcomes the increased involvement by the Department of Education and Skills in early care and education, and the decision to introduce "Early Years Education-focused Inspections". However, we have a number of concerns about current plans for the education-focused inspections as set out in the Department's briefing paper. Our submission highlights our concerns and makes a number of recommendations for reform including:
- Broaden the Education-focused inspections to address whole settings, not just the Free Pre-School Year.
- Roll out Síolta and Aistear nationally, in parallel with the introduction of Education-focused Inspections.
- Merge the DES early years inspections with the Tusla early years inspectorate.
- Develop clear procedures for sanctions and for referral mechanisms between the two inspectorates.