We are delighted to announce Dr. Emer Ring as keynote speaker for the National Early Childhood Research Conference 2019!

We are delighted to introduce a new ‘Services for Sale’ Section. Our members have requested that we include this section as a platform to advertise services for sale in the sector.

This week we look at nappy changing, infection control and staff considerations. We also ask if there is a qualification requirement for staff in a school-aged childcare facility?

Our National Awards celebrates the quality of early years educators’ work. These awards showcase the excellent work and learning that happens every day in ECI members services across the country.

Providing Leadership to the First 5 is the theme for The Early Childhood Ireland National Conference. Over the weekend, we will explore First 5 and its implications for owners, staff, and children.
About Us

Early Childhood Ireland is the largest organisation in the early years sector. We represent 3,800 childcare members, who support over 100,000 children and their families through preschool, afterschool, and full day-care provision nationwide. Our work includes quality enhancement, publications, advocacy, training, business support & information for a sector that employs 25,000 people today.

ECI Shop

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Visit our shop to see our wide and varied range of safety products, toys, resources and publications for your service.


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We are a membership organisation who provide a broad range of training, mentoring, information and advocacy services to better shape the systems, policies and practices that impact on the lives of young children.

Scéalta Blog

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Visit the ECI Scéalta Blog, where you will find a variety of posts consisting of short reflections and articles about children’s experiences in early childhood settings using emergent, play based curricula.

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