We are now entering the final days of the membership renewal period. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so before Friday October 26th.

Minister Paschal Donohue TD announced an increase of €89 million in funding for early years in Budget 2019. We have completed an analysis of the measures introduced that will impact upon you.

This week's update focuses on unpaid workers and record retention. It also includes information updating the ECCE calendar if your service has to close for the upcoming Presidential Election.

We are recruiting for two new roles: a Press Officer - Advocacy and a Director of Research and Professional Learning. Application deadline for both jobs is noon on Tuesday 30th October.
About Us

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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