Strengthening Early Childhood Education and Care in Ireland

Review on Sector Quality

In supporting children’s development, countries invest in the future successes of economies and societies. Awareness of the critical role early childhood education and care (ECEC) plays in setting a strong foundation for children’s learning, development and well-being has grown among policy makers worldwide. The OECD Quality beyond Regulations policy review provides countries with an overview of the different dimensions of quality in ECEC. It also highlights policies that can enhance process quality in particular. From this review, emerged the present report, taking an in-depth look at Ireland's ECEC system. It outlines the sector’s main strengths and challenges, focusing on workforce development and quality assurance through monitoring and inspections. The report provides tailored policy recommendations to improve provision in line with national goals.

Published on December 02, 2021


Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Assessments and recommendations
Context of the review
The development of the early childhood education and care workforce in Ireland
Quality assurance and improvement in early childhood education and care in Ireland
Programme of missions conducted by the review team
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