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Valuing the Early Childhood Professional - Annual Conference

Valuing the Early Childhood Professional – Research Seminar, Conference, Awards & AGM

March 29, 2017


Friday 31st March: Research and Practice Seminar

The Early Childhood Ireland Research and Practice seminar is an opportunity for researchers and  practitioner educators to share their research towards developing evidence-based thinking and practice within the early childhood sector in Ireland. We particularly urge supervisors, tutors and mentors to encourage their mentees to submit abstracts and to contribute to the professional conversation.



Friday 31st March: Awards Night

It’s that time of year for Early Childhood Ireland award celebrations again. We will celebrate great stories of inspirational practices with a key focus on the child or children from whom the stories arise. The Awards will take place on Friday March 31st with a prosecco reception, a three course meal, fun and entertainment all evening in the Talbot Hotel from 7pm. We would love for you to join us to help celebrate these wonderful stories of fun, awe, wonder and childhood. What’s not to love!



Saturday 1st April: Annual Conference

Research has clearly established that the key indicator of quality in early childhood education and care is the educator. In Early Childhood Ireland we are acutely aware of the responsibilities of the role and the need to feel supported, respected and valued. Consequently, this conference is about drawing attention to the enormous contribution you make to children, families and communities.



Click here to download the Conference Brochure for 2017 >>


Keynote: Laura Henry

In this keynote address, Laura Henry will discuss the unique needs of the child and how educators can support children with their holistic developmental needs. Laura will also reflect on the importance of educators knowing and owning their own personal reflections and thoughts on Early Years and how this is key in how they work with children. More on Laura Henry and her keynote.



EXPO in the Market Place 2017

This year we are delighted to have a full range of support and supply services represented at our Conference EXPO in the Market Place on 31st March & 1st April 2017 in the O’Brien Centre in UCD Dublin.




We have negotiated a special rate with the Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan ( for members who wish to stay over during the Research Seminar/Conference, Awards and AGM on 30, 31 March and 1 April. The rate per night is as follows:

– €99 single B&B
– €109 Twin B&B

Bookings can be made directly online, please use the code ECI2017 to avail of this special rate ( There are a limited number of rooms available at this rate, please book early to avoid disappointment.

The hotel has free car parking and provide a shuttle bus to and from UCD. There is live music every Friday and Saturday.

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