The money raised this year will support national Irish children’s charities to deliver social impact projects for children under 6 with additional needs. Register Now!

In this week's Support Point we discuss salary scales, maintaining ratios and ask do we need parents’ consent for taking photographs in our service?

This week Máire Corbett looks at the origins of the Montessori approach and how these principles are put into practice today.

Our Research and Practice Seminar takes place on Friday 13th April and we are now accepting abstracts for the event. Click below to submit your abstract now.

In conjunction with Leargas, ECI is delighted to offer an opportunity for Trainers who deliver QQI Level 5 and 6 accredited Early Childhood Care and Education programmes.
About Us

Early Childhood Ireland is a membership organisation which represents 3,800 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.


Come have a look!

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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