Why Become a Member?

Join Early Childhood Ireland, become a member of the representative organisation for the sector and benefit from our range of services and supports.

Why Become a Member?

What our Members say about us:

Join Early Childhood Ireland today and become part of the professional body that represents over 25,000 childcare educators in Ireland, supporting over 100,000 children and their families across the country. Becoming a member of Early Childhood Ireland will immediately connect you with thousands of others in the sector who share your interests, passions, needs and concerns. As the membership organisation for the sector one of our key task is to advocate on our member’s behalf and this is an area that we take very seriously.

Each year we have action plans on key issues including: increasing capitation in the ECCE scheme, introducing special needs assistants in early childhood care and education settings and investment in continuous professional development for the people in the front line of the early years sector. We work to ensure that our members are alerted to new developments and that they have opportunities to voice their opinions, contribute to policy at a local and national level. We use the power, knowledge and experience of our members to help solve problems and shape the environment that affect us all.

You can join Early Childhood Ireland through our online membership form or by downloading and completing our Membership Application Form. As a member, you will also benefit from our extensive range of supports and services listed below:  


Training & Development

  • Accredited Training
  • Funded Programmes – Level 5 & 6 Leaner Fund
  • BA in Early Childhood Teaching & Learning
  • Continuous Professional Learning Programmes and Workshops for Early Childhood Educators (Including Health and Safety and Pedagogical Practice)  



  • Consultations
  • Focus Groups
  • Roadshows
  • Peer Sharing  


Advocacy & Policy

  • Advocating for our members priorities and policy goals with key decision makers and ensuring issues are pursued to completion
  • Monitor and analyse relevant political and policy initiatives (Irish and EU level) that have relevance for our members
  • Ensuring our members are viewed as professionals for their commitment and dedication to working with young children and their families  




Membership Services & Sustainability

  • Free Garda Vetting
  • Early Years Employer Service (EYES) – Advice on HR, Regulation, Compliance, Policies and Procedure and lots more…
  • Advertise for free on our Jobs board 
  • Member Discount Deals – see our Discounts and Deals Section for full details.
  • Group Insurance scheme – the most comprehensive cover in the market.
  • ECI Online Shop with special discounts for members
  • Membership login, giving access to membership only free resources such as policies and procedures
  • National Annual conference with special rates for members.  




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