National Annual Awards

The Early Childhood Ireland National Awards acknowledge the spirit, energy and drive of early years’ educators in providing quality experiences for the children and families accessing their services. They highlight their ongoing commitment to reflecting on and improving their practice.

National Annual Awards

Early Childhood Ireland’s National Awards celebrate and showcase our members’ ambition and commitment to continuously improve the quality of their practice and their services to children and their families. The awards build on professional practice within early learning and care services and aim to encourage ongoing reflection by and shared dialogue between educators. Early Childhood Ireland believes that sharing quality education and care practices and pedagogies through documentation has the power to build and enhance quality across services, and to enable high-quality experiences and environments for young children, families, educators and local communities.

We return to the fabulous Clontarf Castle for our 2020 Annual Awards Gala Dinner evening on 3 April 2020. The night shines a light on the creativity, innovation, impact, leadership and the advancement of professionalism in our sector. A vibrant and glamorous night, it has now become a highlight of the weekend with the evening booked out within 3 weeks last year. 


We are very excited about our refreshed awards for 2020! The awards up-for-grabs are:

  1. Learning Story of the Year (Written to a child) NEW!

  2. Emergent Curriculum in Action Learning Story of the Year (Written about a group of children) NEW!

  3. Best Learning Story from ‘Newcomer’ setting (individual child or group) NEW!

  4. Inspired Practice Award

  5. Partnership with Families Innovation Award

  6. LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion

  7. Pedagogical Leader Award NEW!

  8. First 5 Award for Transitions for Children NEW!


For more information on how to apply and the short-listing and judging process see here.


To apply for an award, please click here to complete the application form


Closing Date: 14 February 2020


For more information on our National Annual Awards and Gala Dinner, please click here to visit our Conference 2020 website


To book your ticket, please click here

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