O’Dowd highlights the importance of pre-school education

Date published: 17 February 2016

Education Minister John O’Dowd has highlighted the importance of pre-school education during a visit to Forkhill Pre-School Playgroup in County Armagh.

The Forkhill Pre-School Playgroup has been in existence for over 25 years and offers 24 funded pre-school places.

The Minister was given a tour of the playgroup and joined in with the children’s activities. He said:

“Early years’ education has a hugely positive effect on children’s futures. It builds upon the positive learning environment children have at home, providing a rich variety of challenging play activities and experiences that help set the foundation, not just for their first few years in Primary School but for their future success.

“Every year I encourage parents to participate in the pre-school education programme and I am delighted that the Forkhill Pre-School Playgroup is part of that programme.

“I have enjoyed my visit here today and wish you all the best for the future.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Department of Education’s ‘Education Works’ campaign promotes the value of education.  This year’s campaign aims to ensure that parents have information on schooling and that they are aware of the steps they can take to ‘Get Involved’ and support their teenager in achieving good outcomes at school.  Watch out for the ads on television, radio and outdoor locations. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit nidirect - Education Works for more information or watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel.
  2. See photos from the Department of Education in our flickr collection.
  3. Media enquiries to the Department of Education’s Communications Team on Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.

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