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This week's Scéalta Blog suggests that now is the perfect time to start thinking about your early years' environment in advance of September and to consider what opportunities it will provide.

This week our Support Point covers targeted subsidies for Affordable Childcare, employees' foreign qualifications and force majeure leave.

This is the first in a series of case studies designed to help you better understand how More Affordable Childcare will work when it begins in September. The series begins with the parents perspective

On the back of Martina Dunleavy’s story about closing down after 18 years of service, we have written a letter to a number of ministers, in order to highlight the issues raised by Martina’s story.
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.


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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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