Introduction - Partnering


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 with the Early Years Education Policy Unit (EYEPU) >> to support service provider's participate in the Síolta Quality Assurance Programme (QAP) >>

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


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 specfically 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.

Development and delivery of the Healthy Ireland Smart Start >> programme which will in the future encompass 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 DCYA

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

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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.

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