Pre-school education only became popular in Ireland in the late 1980s and 1990s

Pre-school education only became popular in Ireland in the late 1980s and 1990s. Before this, women weren’t allowed to work if they got married and had a child. They had to give up their jobs and become a full time stay at home wife/mother. That meant there was no need for pre-school education. If a woman needed a child minder, family members would always look after the child. When mothers/women went back to work, there was a need for pre-school education. In 1969, the first Early Start pre-school was opened in Rutland Street, as a guide to help future pre-schools. It was set up to fight the effects of social and economic disadvantage.

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