In this week's Scéalta Blog an early childhood educator nurtures and facilitates the diverse interests and needs of the children in her setting, using simple polystyrene eggs

This week in Support Point we have some links that may be useful for the Capital Funding Grant, an update on the Affordable Childcare Scheme from DCYA, and Risk Assessment for pregnant employees.

Nature is unfolding around us, the buds are bursting from the twigs, the colours are rising from the ground and hedgerows, our children need to be bursting from the indoors into natural spaces that co

The current plans for the Affordable Childcare Scheme will increase expectations of parents while putting pressure on the sector which cannot deliver due to the inability to attract staff.

Mature applicants who wish to apply for the BA and have not done so through our Mature Applicant route, by the extended deadline of 1st March 2017, may still apply through the QQI student route
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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.


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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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