Published in Irish Times, 12th November 2018
The plans are based on the Deis (Delivering Equality of Opportunity) model which provides extra resources for primary and secondary schools.
The plans will be outlined in the Government’s early years strategy which is due to be published next week, according to informed sources.
The 10-year blueprint has been developed by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone and officials across a number of Government departments.
Research shows that children from middle-class families outperform those from less well-off homes even before they begin primary school.
A recent Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) study, for example, found evidence of a significant gap in children’s language development as early as three years of age depending on their socio-economic background.