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Scandinavian model of childcare interdepartmental group

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, responded to a question from Michael Martin (FF, Cork SC) about her department’s progress toward a Scandinavian model of childcare (Dail Eireann, Debates, 12th June 2012, 210-1).  She told him that an interdepartmental group, chaired by her department and comprising the departments of Education & Skills and Children & Youth Affairs had been established to examine the provision  of school-age childcare.  The group was initially assessing the needs and provision for lone parents.