Information for Parents

Parents are the most important teachers in those early years but they don’t have to do all the work alone. In this section we provide parents with information and resources to help them recognise quality in Early Years provision and choose the right option for their child.

Childcare Search

This search facility displays the location and contact details of the preschools, full daycare services (crèches) and afterschool providers who are members of Early Childhood Ireland.

Resources for Parents

You will find resources for parents here, such as Nursery Rhymes, leaflets and a guide to Siolta and Aistear.


Play is considered so important to a child’s development that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child established it as every child’s right. It is the child’s way of making sense of the world – a learning tool that engages, motivates, challenges and pleases.
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