SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan has called on the Education Minister, John O’Dowd, to introduce legislation that would give every child a statutory right to a pre-school place.
Mr Durkan’s call comes as many parents across the North struggle to secure a place for their child in a local nursery school.
“We are faced with this issue every year with frustrated parents unable to secure a suitable nursery place for their child. Despite the fact that this problem rears its head every year, the Education Minister has not tackled it. We know how critical early years are to a child’s development. Early interventions can help them overcome significant challenges and reach their full potential. A place in a suitably located nursery school is vital to ensuring that children are not disadvantaged at this critical point in their development.”