Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions – Early Childhood Ireland’s National Early Childhood Research Conference 2020

We will consider all research proposals (Early Learning & Care research) from 3rd level students, early years practitioner researchers, academic institutions, organisations and individuals. Research proposals should focus on some aspect of early childhood care and education and fit under one of the 7 strands of the conference themes. Click here to view strands….

Yes, sharing your research with others benefits everyone, particularly in the early learning and care sector where much research is focused on practice and on identifying ways to enhance practice.

While you may share your research topics, etc. among your class peers, this is an opportunity to share more widely, and to see what students from other colleges are researching (building knowledge).  This is also an opportunity for your research to ‘come to life’ rather than just be assessment-focused.

You may submit an (individual/group) paper (oral) research proposal, or a poster presentation (group/individual) or a paper (oral) for a self-organised symposium.

You may submit no more than 2 research proposals at a time

Follow the link below and you will be able to select from a number of categories and themes under which your research proposal applies…. Click submitting a research proposal

You need a title, abstract, author information, name, affiliated institution, email address, contact phone number, follow link to see research submission page.

We will let delegates know whether their proposal has been accepted by end of February 2020.

Yes, all attendees, whether presenting or not, are required to pay the conference fees.  If you book before (26 Feb), you will benefit from Early Bird Booking rates and some applicants may be able to access student discounts or ECI member discount.  For more information on prices, visit the Fees page

The conference fee covers provision of refreshments on arrival, during breaks (including tea, coffee, water, some snacks) and a light lunch. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements at:

Early Bird bookings will open on 14th Jan 2020

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The closing date for submissions is 3 Feb

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