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National Childcare Scheme

The National Childcare Scheme is a landmark new Scheme for Ireland.  It is the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare. It establishes an equitable and progressive system of universal and income-related subsidies for children up to the

Department of Education and Skills (DES)

The Department of Education and Skills is a department of the Irish state with responsibility for education and training. The mission of the Department is to facilitate individuals through learning, to achieve their full potential and contribute to Ireland’s social,


Pobal is a not-for-profit company that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU.They are an intermediary that works on behalf of Government to support communities and local agencies toward achieving social inclusion, reconciliation and equality. We

National Childhood Network (NCN)

The National Childhood Network aims to provide a forum for a range of stakeholders to work together in a collaborative and inclusive way to advance the achievement of national quality standards in Early Childhood and School Age Childcare services. View


The Child and Family Agency is now the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of child protection, early intervention and family support services ever undertaken in Ireland. View Website

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. View Website

Better Start

Better Start Quality Development Service is a national initiative established by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) to bring an integrated national approach to developing quality in Early Years Education and Care (ECEC) for children aged from birth

Health Service Executive (HSE)

The HSE provides all of Ireland’s public health services in hospitals and communities across the country. View Website

St. Nicolas Montessori College Ireland

St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland is a higher educational institution providing Montessori teaching through full-time & part-time courses, with modules available online for blended learning courses. View Website

Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association

The Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association is Ireland’s national voluntary association of Steiner Waldorf childcare practitioners. Members are based throughout the 32 counties of Ireland. Associate membership is open to all who support the work of the Association. View Website