Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Education for an update on the current timeline for publication of the Childcare Strategy consultation.
Minister of Education: I made a Ministerial Statement to Assembly members on 7 September 2022 providing an update on the work to develop an Executive Early Learning and Childcare Strategy. In it, I confirmed my intention to bring costed options for Executive consideration in March 2023.
Ultimately, the publication of a draft Strategy for consultation will be subject to Executive consideration and approval, including a commitment to additional and sustained funding for childcare.
You can view the full Ministerial Statement at the following link