The latest EU Social Justice Index ranks Ireland lowest in the EU for investment in pre-primary education and underlines the need for substantially increased investment in early years education.

We will be holding a flash sale on Monday 27th November where you can get 10% off all safety equipment, toys and storybooks when you order online from 8am to midnight.

This week Aoife O'Driscoll from Inspire Me Ireland looks at winter activities for children.

On Mon 6th Nov, Cathy Bent from Sophia Housing Crèche in Donabate accompanied ECI’s CEO Teresa Heeney to the 5th meeting of the Early Years Forum in the Mansion House in Dublin.

Our Policy Officer, Amy McArdle, was delighted to attend the opening of the Ashleigh House ‘Bill Foley Early Years Preschool and Creche’ on Thursday 9th November.
About Us

Early Childhood Ireland is a membership organisation which represents 3,800 early years settings, who support over 100,000 children & their families through preschool, afterschool & full daycare provision nationwide. Our work includes quality enhancement, publications, advocacy, training, business support & information for a sector that employs 25,000 people today.


Come have a look!

Visit the Early Childhood Ireland Shop to view the full range of books, publications and resources that we have to offer.  If you are a member you can avail of significant discounts on these products.


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.

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