The Research Conference is a vibrant and engaging event, and is open to all, including students, professionals, and current and prospective researchers.

Our National Awards celebrates the quality of early years educators’ work. These awards showcase the excellent work and learning that happens every day in ECI members services across the country.

Providing Leadership to the First 5 is the theme for The Early Childhood Ireland National Conference. Over the weekend, we will explore First 5 and its implications for owners, staff, and children.

In this week's Scéalta blog, Dr. Suzanne Egan and Dr. Jennifer Pope discuss the importance of outdoor play for children.

This week, we look at infection control, attendance records, and meningitis concerns. We also invite you to participate in a focus group for our new Early Years Employment Service.
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Early Childhood Ireland is the largest organisation in the early years sector. We represent 3,800 childcare members, who support over 100,000 children and their families through preschool, afterschool, and full day-care provision nationwide. Our work includes quality enhancement, publications, advocacy, training, business support & information for a sector that employs 25,000 people today.

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Visit our shop to see our wide and varied range of safety products, toys, resources and publications for your service.


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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.

Scéalta Blog

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Visit the ECI Scéalta Blog, where you will find a variety of posts consisting of short reflections and articles about children’s experiences in early childhood settings using emergent, play based curricula.

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