4 April 2020


Our National Conference takes place on Saturday 4 April in Croke Park Conference Centre. We will bring together leaders, academic experts, regulators, thinkers, writers and practice specialists to explore how best to lead transformation together in our sector. A range of Masterclasses and Seminars will be available to choose from. Our keynote speaker will be Anthony Semann.



  • 8.00
  • Registration & Marketplace EXPO
  • 9.45
  • Welcome and Opening Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
  • 10.15
  • Keynote speaker: Anthony Semann
  • 11.30
  • Coffee Break & Marketplace EXPO
  • 12 noon
  • Masterclasses & Seminars
  • 13.15
  • Lunch and Marketplace EXPO
  • 14.15
  • Masterclasses & Seminars
  • 15.30
  • Keynote Speaker: TBC
  • 16.15
  • Wrap-up and Close


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.



  • The L Word: All We Need is Love
  • Anthony Semann, Director, Semann & Slattery, Australia
  • Why we no longer fly to the moon
  • Irma Grothuis,Artist and Arts Consultant (Children and Young People)
  • Keeping babies and young children safe from harm: Putting children first in early learning and care settings
  • Laura Dagger, National Manager, Early Years Children First Programme
  • Improving children’s early language development through everyday interactions in early learning and care settings
  • Better Start
  • Working Together - The Quality Regulatory Framework and quality practice
  • Rita Melia, Early years Specialist, EY inspectorate, Tusla Child and Family Agency
  • Development of a new funding model for early learning and school-age childcare: An overview of progress to date and stakeholder consultative workshop
  • Anne-Marie Brooks, DCYA
  • Time to say goodbye: Loss and bereavement
  • Evelyn Reilly,ELC Owner/Manager & Lecturer
  • Employment insights
  • Gillian Moore, Early Years Employer Service Manager, Early Childhood Ireland
  • Playfully practical literacy
  • Dr. Catherine Gilliland, St. Mary’s University College Belfast
  • Partnership with parents
  • Maureen Keane, Clare Family Resource Centre

EXPO 2020

Our conference weekend includes the ONLY Expo in the childcare sector in Ireland. This takes place in the bright spacious pitch-facing area. Many prestigious providers of goods and services will be there to meet with members – many of which will have special offers on the day !

Annual General Meeting

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