Our National Awards celebrates the quality of early years educators’ work. These awards showcase the excellent work and learning that happens every day in ECI members services across the country.

We are offering free shipping on all member orders placed in our shop from 1 to 21 December 2018. Please click below to see our full selection of storybooks, toys, safety equipment and resources!

In this week's Scéalta blog, early years practitioner Louise Kilbane discusses her reaction to the launch of the First 5 strategy.

This week our HR topic looks at Christmas parties. Our topics of the week focus on infection control and Christmas shows and data protection, and we ask if Santa needs to be Garda vetted!

Early Childhood Ireland’s ‘National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019’, will take place on Friday 12th April 2019. We are now accepting research proposals.
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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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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.

Scéalta Blog

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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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