Early Childhood Ireland is the largest national representative organisation in the early learning and care (ELC) sector in Ireland with over 3,700 members, representing almost 75% of childcare service provision in the country.
As a national organisation Early Childhood Ireland’s vision is that every young child is thriving and learning in a quality early childhood setting. This vision is based on the philosophy that early childhood is a critical period for the nurturing of each individual child’s curiosity, resilience, creativity, confidence and potential. The vision is also based on a belief that every child has a right to a childhood that is loving, secure and stimulating.
Early Childhood Ireland represents the interests and needs of ELC providers and advocates on behalf of the ELC sector, children and their families. This is achieved by providing information, advice, support and mentoring and continuing professional learning (CPL) to the sector on practice, pedagogy, governance and operational issues which support legislative compliance and quality in practice.