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National Childhood Network (NCN)




Opportunities to partner and engage in integrated working with other agencies have arisen through the networking process. Key Partnering initiatives for NCN have led to: 

Working nationally through The National Síolta Aistear Initiative (NSAI). The National Síolta Aistear Initiative was established in 2016 to support the coordinated roll-out of Síolta and Aistear, the national quality and curriculum Frameworks for the early learning and care sector.  NCN continue to work with Department of Education (DE) in collaboration with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) who fund the initiative, Better Start National Early Years Quality Development and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).

Joint working with Early Childhood Ireland, Barnardos and EYEPU to provide ongoing CPD for Síolta Mentors from a range of Voluntary Childcare Organisations.

Working together nationally with the National Childcare Voluntary Collaborative (NVCC).  The NVCC mission is to contribute to and promote the provision of accessible, diverse, and high-quality Early Years and School Age services to all children and families.

Rural Respecting Difference

The Rural Development Council in partnership with Early Years – the organisation for young children and the National Childhood Network are jointly implementing the Rural Respecting Difference Programme.

The programme has been funded under the PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (  and is specifically aimed at rural preschool, daycare and afterschools settings across Northern Ireland and the 6 border counties of Ireland, that are not benefiting from any other Shared Education Programme or the Sharing from the Start Programme.

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Healthy Ireland Smart Programme

Development and delivery of the Healthy Ireland Smart Start programme which encompassed a programme for the 0-3 age group in line with First 5. This element of the programme has seen a coming together of NCN, the HSE and the DCEDIY.

The Healthy Ireland Smart Programme is ending and will be replaced by Health and Wellbeing support by NCN.

Monaghan CYPSC

Working in partnership with Monaghan CYPSC has seen many good initiatives implemented.  The Monaghan CYPSC website is full of useful resources and many details of services available throughout the county.

Organisation of a cross-border, cross-sectoral conference (to tackle childhood obesity) with Early Years, the organisation for young children, Co-operating and Working Together (CAWT) and the HSE.


Other Partnerships

Working with the Better Start >> team to share support to Full Daycare services

Working with representatives from a range of agencies in Co Meath to support the development and work of the Crann Support Group >>

Working with the Crann Support Group and Childpaths >> to develop a comprehensive APP for parents