Finances and Accountability

About Us

Early Childhood Ireland’s sources of funding are membership subscriptions, grant-in-aid and income from projects we undertake for Government and organisations that are aligned with our mission and vision. In line with funding challenges being faced by many not-for-profits, we strive to diversify our sustainable funding streams.

Our income is spent on our programmes, activities and information resources in line with the organisation’s goals and objectives. As a not-for-profit organisation we are keenly aware of ensuring value for money in everything we do. We work hard to achieve more with less. The Board presents an annual report and audited accounts for our members at our AGM (usually held in April/May). 




We are compliant with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charity Organisations in Ireland. Early Childhood Ireland is a Type C organisation and a copy of our Statement of Compliance is available here.

Watch this video by our Chairperson Jillian VanTurnhout on Governance in Early Childhood Ireland.



Terms of Reference of the Risk Management Committee

Terms of Reference of the Audit Committee

Terms of Reference of the Remuneration Committee

Code of Conduct for Board of Directors


A total of five charities were selected to receive a portion of the funds raised on Pyjama Day earlier this year, which amounted to almost €200,000. The launch will be marked with a celebration at Kids Inc Montessori and Crèche in Foley Street, Dublin 1. Teresa Heeney, CEO Early Childhood Ireland, will attend the launch, along with Tina Roche, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation, and representatives from the five recipient charities:

  • Irish Neonatal Health Alliance
  • National Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
  • Children in Hospital Ireland
  • Down Syndrome Ireland

Each of the charities support children with additional needs under the age of 6.

Pyjama Day, organised by Early Childhood Ireland, is now in its 14th year. The annual event sees children sponsored to wear their pyjamas into crèche and preschool to raise money for children’s causes. This year 60,000 children from 1,300 crèches and preschools nationwide signed up for the event. The funds raised add to the €2.5 million already raised by Pyjama Day for children’s charities across Ireland.

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