Media interest in childcare fees has increased ahead of the roll out of ‘More Affordable Childcare’. Our survey reveals that the majority of childcare providers will not increase fees in 2017.

This week we cover reference checking and terms and conditions of employment, confirmation of dates for registering children and guidelines on the administration of medication.

In Scéalta this week ECI's Dr Carmel Brennan discusses the need to recognise that early childhood is that special time when children need to play and find their way to becoming experts in how to live

Early Childhood Ireland, in partnership with DCU, Institute of Education, presents: "Celebrating Children’s Stories - A Masterclass in Documentation with Wendy Lee". Book your place today!

This week Support Point continues our series on recruitment and selection. There is also information relating to signing in/out children and rules about DCYA and Pobal funding.
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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