Every child gets a loving, secure and stimulating start in life.
Enabling the provision of quality early childhood care and education in Ireland, with positive outcomes for children.
We believe that early childhood is a critical period for the nurturing of each individual child’s curiosity, resilience, creativity, confidence and potential.
We believe that every child has a right to a childhood that is loving, secure and stimulating.
We are a professional, caring member organisation that works collaboratively to champion our vision and realise our mission.
Who We Are
Early Childhood Ireland is a member organisation open to all those who share our vision.
Owners/managers and staff of early childhood care and education services
Professionals working in the early childhood care and education sector
Students who are developing their skills and knowledge about childcare
Researchers and policy-makers who influence the quality, availability and range of early childhood care and education services.
Parents and relations of children.
What We Do
Early Childhood Ireland supports and represents the people who play a role in the development, delivery and oversight of early childhood care and education in Ireland, and prioritises the interests of children.
Early Childhood Ireland:
Provides professional support and training for early childhood care and education providers
Contributes to research and public policy development.
Promotes quality, accessible childcare for all children
Explores and evaluates innovative and creative child-centred approaches to childcare
Download a copy of our Strategic Plan which the shared goals of the Board of Directors, members and staff to provide access to quality early childhood care and education services. The plan demonstrates the inspiring potential of Early Childhood Ireland and reflects exceptional adaptability and flexibility in a changing environment.
Contacting Early Childhood Ireland
If you are not sure who you need to contact regarding your query please visit the Staff Contact page which lists the various directorates in the organisation, along with their contact details.