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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Early Years Settings

The CPD programme offers a range of professional development opportunities, mentoring, and practical support to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) providers in the Dublin Docklands and East Inner City area. A core group of ECCE settings work together as part of a Learning Network, building capacity through sharing experience and expertise.

The primary focus is developing quality practice in ECCE settings. The ECCE settings are committed to engaging in on-going, intensive, reflective practice, through a cycle of continuous review, action planning and implementation. Programme delivery is based on a community development approach and is learner focused.

All of the training offered by the Early Learning Initiative is underpinned by the principles and standards of Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework.


  • To improve the educational outcomes for children in the Docklands, particularly in literacy and numeracy
  • To increase parental involvement in their children’s development and education
  • To support the early childhood care and education workforce in implementing Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (Aistear) and Síolta, the Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education (Síolta)
  • To ensure continuity and progression in learning for children moving from home to early years settings to the local schools.



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