Applications for Early Years Capital 2017 open tomorrow Friday 24th March 2017. Applications are made using the online application form that is accessed and submitted through the PIP portal.

Guest blogger Dr. Mary O'Kane discusses her Masterclass at our forthcoming Annual Conference on the Transition to School.

Last chance to take part! - Deadline tomorrow Thursday 23rd March. You will be entered into a draw for tickets to our annual conference in UCD on April 1. We will announce the winner on Friday!

This week we have information on parental leave, record retention and immunisations.
About Us

Early Childhood Ireland is a membership organisation which represents 3,500 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.

Conference 2017

31st March / 1st April - UCD

This year the Annual Conference "Valuing the Early Childhood Professional" is about drawing attention to the enormous contribution early childhood professionals make to children, families and communities.


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