Minister Frances Fitzgerald was welcomed to the offices of County Limerick Childcare Committee on a recent visit to Croom. The Minister met staff and discussed the many developments in the childcare sector in recent years including the introduction of the free preschool year and the development of the National Frameworks on Quality and Curriculum, Siolta and Aistear. The need for further resources to support the implementation of these frameworks was emphasised to the Minister in order to ensure high standards of quality care. Minister Fitzgerald complimented the work of the Childcare Committees to date and expressed her commitment to continued development of the sector.