Early Years leading Education in Ireland

Our vision recognises the critical importance of early childhood care and education, the period from birth to eight years, as the foundation for learning throughout the lifespan.

What would our vision look like in 2025?

Achieving our vision requires government action in the following four areas:





Investment 1.2% GDP One lead government department for early years education and careOne unitary inspection system for early years settings from birth through to infant classes in primary school

Early education act

Rights based, universal access to appropriate experience of childhoodChildren that are loved, nurtured and consulted in spaces and places that are appropriate

Aistear (birth to 8) implemented nationally

Irish body of research in the area

Increase % of graduates from 12.8% to 25% by 202520% male early years educators

Appropriate salaries – parity with primary

Parity of recognition with primary

CPD pathways defined