Early Years Education Policy Unit

Who we are

The Early Years Education Policy Unit in the Department of Education and Skills is co-located with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) to ensure that policy developments in the early childhood sector are developed within an overall strategic policy framework for children.

What we do

The Early Years Education Policy Unit is responsible for:

  • Implementation of Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education
  • Implementation of the Workforce Development Plan for the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Sector
  • Targeted early years interventions for children who experience disadvantage, including the Early Start Programme and the Rutland Street Project
  • Provision of policy advice and representation on national and international ECCE policy development initiatives.


Department of Education and Skills,
Early Years Education Policy Unit,
5th Floor , 43 - 49 Mespil Road,
Dublin 4. D04 YP52
Phone: (01) 647 3050 / 3250

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