In this week's Scéalta Blog, Lorraine O'Connor looks at the experience of making playdough with her godchild and how this simple activity stimulated learning, play, and interests.

The advantages of adopting the Governance Code, and what Board members can learn from ECI's forthcoming information sessions.

We were delighted that Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, used her keynote address to the ECI 2018 conference on 14th April to announce an important new CPD initiative.

Our GDPR series looks at the legal basis for processing data and consent, we looks at behaviour management policy and we ask what steps are to be taken when a child has a food allergy.

San Miniato, Italy - June 2018: In conjunction with Léargas, ECI is delighted to offer an opportunity for Trainers who deliver QQI Level 5 & 6 accredited Early Childhood Care and Education programmes
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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 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.


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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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