News and Events

The Early Learning Initiative are proud to host conferences and events to promote education and research in early years learning.

Upcoming Events:


National College of Ireland (NCI) is delighted to be hosting the CARN (Collaborative Action Research Network) Conference 2022 from Friday 28th to Saturday 30th October. We are thrilled to be welcoming our colleagues from all over the world to discuss how we, collectively and individually, change lives through action research.

To learn more about the CARN 2022 Conference and book your place, please visit our website:  CARN Conference 2022

Discover University

Discover University is a summer programme, held in NCI every June, that aims to give young people aged 14-17 the opportunity to experience a taste of life at NCI and to see college as part of their future.

Students may apply to one of our four core subject areas of Business, Computing, Early Childhood Education and Care and Psychology. They learn about their chosen subject throughout the week, through group work and lectures. Students are mentored and supported by NCI faculty staff and team leaders, who are current NCI students. The programme also includes virtual visits to exciting and innovative workplaces and workshops, activities, and guest speakers.

This year, we are delighted to be back on campus at NCI for Discover University, June 23rd - 30th (Excluding the weekend). Our Graduation and Prize-giving Ceremony will happen on Thursday 30th June, followed by a BBQ for participants and families to celebrate their achievements.

Discover University is free of charge for young people and priority is given to young people going to school or living in inner-city Dublin and Docklands areas.

How to apply

Applications are open on Monday 16th May. **Places are limited**

Please keep an eye on our social media for updates on the 2022 programme. 

To apply all applicants must complete both forms below, the student form and the parent/guardian form

Student Form

Parent/Guardian Form

Contact us:

If you would like further information, please contact  Programme Coordinator Andrew Dineen


Tel (086) 0605998

Online Events:

Early Learning Initiative have no online events at present

Online Courses

Ride the Waves of Parenting During These Uncertain Times

The 6 weeks course will look at the tools and skills to strengthen the relationship and build resilience 

RP Parenting Course

Contact Us:

Sonya Goulding on 086- 0296919 or

English Speaking Sessions Starting - March 9th '22

English Speaking Sessions

The Early Learning Initiative is starting English Speaking Sessions on Zoom, Wednesday, March 9th for young people aged 12-18 who are learning English and are roughly at A2/B1 level on the CEFR. 

Sessions will be 30 minutes long with a trained volunteer, between 4 and 6.30 pm, for 8 weeks, with a two-week break for Easter. This programme will begin online but will transfer to face to face from September. 

Contact Us:

To refer a student please fill out the following two forms or contact Áine on 086-4666413 or email 

 Referral form for teachers

Application form for Parents/Guardians

Past Online Courses & Events


  • Establishing an Infant Mental Health Network in our ABC Area (Dublin 1, 2, 3, 4 and parts of Dublin 7 and 8). 

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