Quality and availability of childcare will drop if Government doesn’t act fast to address the crisis of sustainability due to continued State underfunding, low pay rates and problems with recruitmen

How slowing down builds better curriculum

As an early years educator do you feel you have to be constantly doing something all of the time? Yet we know that just watching and listening ....

Early Childhood Ireland is delighted to offer the early childhood sector an opportunity to reflect on Aldo Fortunati and discuss the critical importance of early childhood experiences for under 3's.

***Call To Action***Final decisions are being made about the allocation for childcare in Budget 2017. It's time for Giant Leaps toward quality, sustainability and affordability'.

The Professional Accredited Trainers' Hub (PATH) is for Trainers who are delivering QQI Level 4, 5 or 6 Early Childhood Care and Education programmes who want to engage in continuous professional lea
Our Vision

Every young child is thriving and learning in quality early childhood settings.

Regulations 2016

Overview of Changes

In May, Minister O’ Reilly, the former Minister of Children and Youth Affairs published the 2016 regulations. These revised regulations will come into effect from June 30th2016.


Supporting Members

We are a membership organisation who provide a broad range of training, mentoring, information and advocacy services to better shape the systems, policies and practices that impact on the lives of young children.


Online Informal Síolta

We have developed an Informal Síolta programme which is being delivered online, with the aim of introducing the principles, standards and processes of Síolta so that educators are ready to engage with the Formal Siolta QAP.

Design & Development