This week in our Scéalta blog, Dr. Suzanne Egan and Dr. Jennifer Pope look at how parents can help prepare their child to make the transition to primary school by encouraging outdoor play.

This week we look at specific purpose and term time contracts, Regulation 23 in relation to general safety in your service, and we ask what the adult:child ratio for an outing is.

We are delighted to announce the opening of applications for the 2018 ECI National Pyjama Day Fund. A tremendous €280,000 was raised for children’s charities across Ireland.

Members can get 20% off 'JoJo and GranGran All in a Week' during the month of June. Visit our shop for more and to buy now.

At present please allow for a fifteen-day turnaround from when the applicant has successfully completed the link sent to them from the National Vetting Bureau.
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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 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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