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Katherine Zappone - The biggest event in the Early Childhood Ireland calendar

The biggest event in the ECI calendar

February 13, 2018

Join us for a dynamic two-day exploration and celebration of the early years sector

Tickets now on sale for the Early Childhood Ireland Annual Conference, AGM, and Awards Night. With multiple speakers confirmed and a packed schedule of events, now is the time to ensure your place at this flagship gathering.

The biggest event in the Early Childhood Ireland calendar

The Irish Early Years Research and Practice Seminar:

  • Be the first to learn about groundbreaking research taking place within the sector.
  • Gain insight into current and emerging developments in everyday practice.
  • Enhance your existing knowledge and expertise.
  • Contribute to discussions on the future development of early years practice.

Early Childhood Ireland National Awards, proudly sponsored by

  • Attend a glamorous formal gala in the stunning Clontarf Castle.
  • Celebrate inspiring and uplifting stories from practice.
  • Hear stories of the wonderful play and learning that takes place every day in early years settings.
  • Celebrate the passionate and dedicated people at the heart of our sector.

The biggest event in the Early Childhood Ireland calendar
Breakfast AGM (members only):

  • Meet ECI staff and share your feedback, comments, and concerns on the organisation’s work.
  • Influence the future direction of your national organisation.
  • Join fellow members for networking and relationship building.

Early Childhood Ireland Annual Conference:

  • Opening address by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone, TD.
  • Keynote address by Alison Johns, educator and activist for the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Take part in a series of inspiring masterclasses on topics such as creativity in early years settings, children’s rights, and inclusivity for all children.


  • Visit the spacious marketplace, browsing a range of toys, props, storybooks, and resources.
  • Meet recipient charities from the PJ Day Fund.

The biggest event in the Early Childhood Ireland calendar

We are greatly looking forward to welcoming you to our Annual Conference, AGM, and Awards Night. This is the biggest and most important event in our calendar each year. With it, we seek to empower our 3,800 members to come together, network, and lead as we reflect on the landscape of the early years sector.

Each year, this event places a strong focus on the bigger picture. We meet and engage with members, guests, and a range of experts to discuss current and future developments in the sector. However, it is also an occasion to focus on the individual. Our sector, more than anything, is defined by the dedication and vibrancy of its people. Everyone’s perspective and experiences are important and this event provides a forum for you to share yours with ECI staff and with fellow members.

The biggest event in the Early Childhood Ireland calendar

Most notably, our National Awards are a celebration of the wonderful stories that emerge from everyday practice. At this black-tie evening event, we will highlight the individuals and settings whose dedication has created hugely meaningful experiences for children, families, and communities. The early years of a child’s life often seem all too fleeting for families, but the passion of everyone in practice across our sector ensures that these memories last a lifetime.

Make sure to book your place today.

See you in Croke Park in April!



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