Postponed till Further Notice

Important National Conference Weekend Update

Given the prevailing circumstances in Ireland around COVID-19, it is with regret that we have decided to postpone/cancel some events around our National Conference weekend. We have taken this decision in the interest of the health and safety of everyone involved.

We are now postponing the following events until October 2020. We will be back in touch with you in August with details of the rescheduled events

· Research Day: Friday 3 April 2020 – Croke Park
· National Annual Awards Evening – 3 April 2020 Clontarf Castle

We are cancelling

National Annual Conference and Expo: Saturday 4 April 2020 – Croke Park

Our next conference will now take place in April 2021. Our National Annual Conference is not only a highlight of our calendar year, but an event highly enjoyed by our members, so we are very disappointed to have to cancel the event this year.

We will inform everyone who has booked with us regarding the cancellation and refund. For any queries you may have, please contact us on

About the Event

This spectacular two-day event brings together the best in the early learning and care sector to showcase the empowering and influential work of our membership nationwide.

Why Attend

Leading Transformation Together is the theme for the Early Childhood Ireland National Conference & AGM. The 2020 conference will expand on our 2019 conference providing leadership to the First 5, a whole-of-government strategy that focuses on improving the lives of babies, young children, and their families.

Through masterclasses, participants will join a unique community to explore current and emerging practice devoted to improving young children’s experiences across the spectrum of services they attend.

National Conference Day

Join us at our 2020 conference and immerse yourself in lively discussions, inspiring stories, and invaluable networking opportunities. We will bring together leaders, academic experts, regulators, thinkers, writers and practice specialists to explore how best to lead transformation together in our sector.

National Annual Awards
& Gala Dinner

Early Childhood Ireland’s National Awards celebrates the commitment and quality of the work of early years educators. On this vibrant and glamorous night, we will share stories of the stellar work and learning that takes place every day in our member services.

National Research Day

Early Childhood Ireland’s Early Childhood Research Day 2020 is an opportunity for students, educators, and researchers to share and discuss their research with other professionals in our sector.

This full-day event includes an opening keynote address from Dr. Verity Campbell-Barr, University of Plymouth, UK on child-centered practice for children under 3. We also have a keynote address from Adrijana Višnjić Jevtić, PhD,  Faculty of Teacher Education in Zagreb, Croatia on quality transitions from preschool to primary. Participants will have access to a range of research presentations, poster presentations, and self-organised symposia

Join us for an inspiring selection of Masterclasses and Information Seminars.
Please see below the range of Masterclasses and Seminars that will be available to choose from. The topics chosen for these Masterclasses and Seminars are closely aligned to this
year’s theme Leading Transformation Together. As you can see, there is something of interest for everyone and you will have the opportunity to participate in two Masterclasses/ Seminars on the day.

Keynote Speakers

The keynote speakers will be Anthony Semann, B.Ed, M.A, (Australia), Dr. Verity Campbell-Barr and Adrijana Višnjić Jevtić, PhD. This event is an invaluable opportunity to network with peers and meet with leading sector suppliers

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***Note: Members, Please enter Members ID at “Enter Promo code” for members discount.


Croke Park Conference Centre
3 – 4 April 2020

Name: Early Childhood Ireland

Phone: 01 4057100



Early Childhood Ireland

Funded by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan, 2007-2015 Company Registration No: 506235
Charity No CHY: 19987
Registered Charity No: 20078904

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