Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has today welcomed the publication of the first set of key findings on Irish 5 year olds from the ‘Growing Up in Ireland’ longitudinal study of children which is commissioned and funded by her Department.
The findings published today focus on children’s transition to school, socio-emotional well-being, physical well-being, play and diet, and family circumstance.
Responding to the findings Minister Fitzgerald said ‘this data provides a rich description of life at 5 years, and supports our understanding of the first 5 years of life, a time marked by a number of significant developmental milestones’.
The Minister welcomed the findings that the vast majority of Irish 5 year olds experience a positive transition to school, have positive relationships with their parents and are in good health.
Noting a continued increase in the percentage of families reporting difficulties making ends meet, the Minister states “The difficulty being experienced by many families over recent years is clearly evident; the Government has rightly prioritised the continued support of children and families through a range of initiatives’
On this issue, this Minister noted the importance of a number of departmental initiatives aimed at the early years; the commitment to the universal pre-school year and the associated quality agenda, the development of Ireland’s first-ever National Early Years Strategy and the introduction of the new Area based approach to Child Poverty.
To read more about the latest findings from the Growing Up in Ireland click here.