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Annual Conference 2018: Masterclasses

ECI Annual Conference & AGM 2018

December 1, 2017



Coming Together in Difference: Leadership in Inclusion, Equality & Diversity


Croke Park Conference Centre

April 13th & 14th 2018



Friday 13th April: Research and Practice Seminar

The Irish Early Years Research Conference provides a great opportunity for researchers, practitioners and educators to share their work with the early childhood community. We very much welcome students, educators and researchers to this event. We urge lecturers, tutors and early childhood leaders to encourage budding researchers to submit an abstract and to contribute to the co-professional dialogue in this sector.

Running Order:

10.30    Registration and Posters
11.00    Welcome and Keynote
11.45     Research Seminars
13.00    Light Lunch and Posters
13.45    Research Seminars
15.00    Close


Friday 13th April: Awards Night, Clontarf Castle

Our awards are the biggest Early Childhood Care and Education Awards in Ireland, celebrating and recognising excellence in practice. A night to celebrate, congratulate and acknowledge the work of Early Childhood Professionals.


Saturday 14th April: Annual Conference & AGM

This conference brings people together to recognise the impact of high-quality, inclusive early childhood education on the lives of young children and their families, as well as the importance of investing in ongoing professional development for students, educators, managers, trainers, and all our current and future sector leaders. The conference will explore current and emerging practice and facilitate deep reflective thinking. It is also an invaluable opportunity to network with peers, meet with leading suppliers and see the latest supports to early childhood service delivery.

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The 2018 AGM of Early Childhood Ireland will take place on Saturday 14th April 2018. The breakfast AGM starts at 7.45am. This pack (you will be asked for your member login) contains all essential documents and forms for you to review in advance of the AGM.


Panel Discussion

After another very busy year in the sector, the ECI Annual Conference & AGM is an opportunity to reflect. The panel session, taking place on Saturday 14th, provides a forum for attendees and guests to discuss key developments from the last twelve months. We are delighted to welcome Margaret Rogers from Better Start, Aoife Conduit and Maresa Duignan from the Department of Education and Skills, Bernie McNally from DCYA and Grant Landon from Tusla as guests on this year’s panel. The panel will run from 3:15pm until 4:15pm, at which point the Conference will close. 


Croke Park Hotel Special Rate

We are pleased to share details of a special rate for conference attendees staying in the Croke Park Hotel. Attendees can avail of a rate of €179 B&B for a single room, or €209 B&B for a double/twin room. To book, quote ‘BOOK140418’ over the phone or via email.


Click here to download the Conference Brochure >> 




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