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