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National Childhood Network (NCN)

Childhood Services Week – 2023


Childhood Services Week - 2023

Supporting Inclusion Through The Arts

Celebrating the work of the Early Childhood and School Age Sector on the Island of Ireland                                                                            #childhoodarts #CSW23 #Connectingwithkindness

The National Childhood Network (NCN) and a diversity of agencies, invite all early childhood and school age services across the island of Ireland to participate in Childhood Services Week 2023 from 1st May to 5th May.

Childhood Services Week 2023

As Childhood Services Week begins just after the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, and with the numbers of new families from all over the world that have made the Island of Ireland their home, we are taking this opportunity to embrace and celebrate all the wonderful diversity and inclusive practices in our settings through the arts.

Join us as we shine a light on the wonderful work services undertake in encouraging children to explore, play and learn through experiential engagement in the arts.

As part of Childhood Services Week 1 s t – 5th May 2023, we are encouraging services,
children and their families
to engage in different arts experiences that enrich
children’s learning
and support their holistic development .

Art activities such as music and dance, junk art, malleable materials, drawing, painting, storytelling and drama allow children make choices, use their imaginations, fantasise and take risks. Skills which they will bring with them into adulthood along with an understanding and appreciation of the arts.

Using #ChildhoodArts, services will be invited to share images of children engaging in a range of different forms of art. We will provide suggested themes and activities for the week, songs to learn and events to participate in. All helping to support the wonderful work carried out in childhood services across the island and to showcase children enjoying diverse art activities on a daily basis.


Organisations supporting NCN in Childhood Services Week 2023 include Barnardos, Blathu: Steiner Early Childhood Association, Child Paths, Conradh na Gaeilge, Crann Support Group, Early Years the Organisation for Young Children, Federation of Early Childhood Providers, Gaeloideachas, National Community Childcare Forum,  Play Board NI and Seas Suas. 


Childcare Services Week 2023 Gallery

Click on the image to see some of the wonderful participation from across the island of Ireland during Childhood Services Week 2023