Early Years: Child development programs – N. Ireland

Teacher and school children engaged in The Media Initiative for Children.
Teacher and school children engaged in The Media Initiative for Children. © Courtesy Early Years: Organization for Young Children


Early Years – the Organisation for Young Children, is the largest organization in Northern Ireland working with and for young children. It is a non-profit making organization and has been working since 1965 to promote high quality childcare for children aged 0 - 12 and their families.  Over the past 50 years, Early Years has brought together pre-school children and parents from across the religious and cultural divide in Northern Ireland to promote peace and understanding.

Early Years: 

1. Offers a range of programs and services for Playgroup and Daycare staff, parents and those working with children.

2. Delivers a wide range of in-service programs that continue our drive to improve practice by applying an appropriate play based curriculum. Our training is for parents, all adults working with young children in pre-school settings, daycares, SureStart, nursery and foundation stage and management committees.

3. Believes that major investment in young children is critical to ensure the educational, social, emotional and cognitive development of our future generations.

Contributor: Siobhán FitzpatrickCBE, MBA, MSSC, CQSW, BSc., serves as Executive Committee Member to the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC). She is Chief Executive Officer of Early Years – the organization for young children in Northern Ireland.

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