• Government launches State of the Nation’s Children Report

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in News Updates

    The Government has just published the 2012 edition of the annual State of the Nation’s Children report. The report draws together the latest statistics across a range of indicators of children’s health, education, behaviour, relationships, well-being and the supports available to them. The report shows that more than 1.1 million children are now living in the State as a result of the baby boom. The child population continued to rise in the decade to 2011, with a 13.4% surge recorded which has led to Ireland having the highest percentage of children – at 25% of the total population – in the EU community.

    As regards early care and education, the report says that the number of services offering the Free Pre-School Year rose 10% between 2010 and 2011, to reach 4,162. The proportion of those services that received the higher capitation grant rose from 11.0% to 14.6% in this period.

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