Early Childhood Ireland


Early Childhood Ireland is a national, member organisation that promotes quality care and education for young children. With a growing membership base of 3,330 providers, representing almost 75% of all early childhood care and education services in the country, we have a reach to 100,000 families on a daily basis.


Early Childhood Ireland is a new organisation that came about through a merger in 2011. Irish Preschool Playgroups Association (IPPA) and the National Children’s Nurseries Association (NCNA), two long established and well respected organisations with strong profiles and solid track records in building capacity within the sector came together to improve outcomes for children and members.


Every child gets a loving, secure and stimulating start in life.

Our Mission

Enabling the provision of quality early childhood care and education in Ireland, with positive outcomes for children.


We believe that early childhood is a critical period for the nurturing of each individual child’s curiosity, resilience, creativity, confidence and potential. We believe that every child has a right to a childhood that is loving, secure and stimulating. We are a professional, caring member organisation that works collaboratively to champion our vision and realise our mission.