National Quality Supports

The range of National Quality Supports available to ECEC providers throughout the country.

Better Start National Early Years Quality Development


Better Start National Early Years Quality Development is a national initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) collaborating with the Early Years Education Policy Unit of the Department of Education and Skills (DES), to ensure a coordinated approach to early years quality in Ireland.

Visit the Better Start website for further information.

Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)

The Better Start Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme.  Its goal is to empower service providers to deliver an inclusive pre-school experience, ensuring that every eligible child can fully participate in the ECCE programme and reap the benefits of quality early years care and education.

City and County Childcare Committees


There are 31 City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs). Thirty three CCCs were established in 2001, to encourage the development of childcare locally.

City and County Childcare Committees offer a wide variety of services locally including; advice on setting up a childcare business; childcare information sessions; training courses for those considering a career in childcare; and advice and support on applying for government funding. City and County Childcare Committees also offer services to parents, such as providing information on local childcare facilities and information on parent networks.

City and Council Childcare Committees are the first point of contact for service providers seeking approval for childcare places under childcare programmes administered by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

How can your local CCC help?

  • Support for the delivery of the three national programmes (ECCE, CCS, CETS);
  • Support and guidance to local service providers and parents on national programmes and service quality in keeping with national frameworks and policy objectives;
  • Co-ordination and provision of training;
  • A local centre of information for all things early education and childcare.
Carlow County Childcare Committee

Cavan County Childcare Committee
Clare County Childcare Committee
Cork City Childcare Committee
Cork County Childcare Committee
Donegal County Childcare Committee
Dublin City Childcare Committee
Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Childcare Committee
Fingal County Childcare Committee
Galway County Childcare Committee
Kerry County Childcare Committee
Kildare County Childcare Committee
Kilkenny County Childcare Committee
Laois County Childcare Committee
Leitrim County Childcare Committee
Limerick Childcare Committee
Longford County Childcare Committee
Louth County Childcare Committee
Mayo County Childcare Committee
Meath County Childcare Committee
Monaghan County Childcare Committee
Offaly County Childcare Committee
Roscommon County Childcare Committee
Sligo County Childcare Committee
South Dublin County Childcare Committee
Tipperary Childcare Committee
Waterford Childcare Committee
Westmeath County Childcare Committee
Wexford County Childcare Committee
Wicklow County Childcare Committee
City and County Childcare Committees Contact Details

National Voluntary Childcare Organisations


Barnardos offer access to a range of high quality and innovative training programmes, which are crucial to strengthen skills in the childcare sector and to benefit children.

Barnardos offer this training in a wide variety of areas, to practitioners, parents, carers and all people working with children.  All of their training for the childcare sector is conducted within the context of Siolta, the National Quality Framework.



Childminding Ireland  is the national organisation promoting and supporting quality family home-based childcare and assisting parents in finding it.



The NCN is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to support the attainment of national quality standards in both Early Childhood and After School services; building the capacity of the sector in multiple ways.



The is Ireland’s primary source of information about Steiner Waldorf Education in Early Childhood for parents, members, government and funding agencies, childcare practitioners, and other childcare organisations.

ISKA members are based throughout the 32 counties of Ireland.  

Associate membership is open to all who support the work of the Association.



St. Nicholas Montessori Teachers Association provides mentoring of Montessori Preschool programm process for Montessori Preschools. We offer support and mentoring to Montessori preschools teachers and provide them with opportunities for continuous professional development.

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