Pre-school education did not exist nor was it provided in Ireland until the 1980s-1990s
Pre-school education did not exist nor was it provided in Ireland until the 1980s-1990s. This was mainly due to the fact that majority of mothers did not work outside the home. If childcare was needed it was provided by a member of the family. Childminders would have also been available but due to the size of most families and the lack of finance it was something that working class families could not afford.
At the time the marriage bar stated that a women who worked in the public sector had to leave her job as soon as she was married this enabled them to be stay at mothers and wives. However this ban was lifted for primary school teachers in 1957 but it was not until 1973 that it was lifted for the other women in the public sector. The ECEC set up private community and voluntary enterprises that were unregulated until 1997.