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 providers 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 to pre-school providers and staff nationwide

Delivery of Family Health Initiatives in the Cavan/Monaghan area through accessing funding from INTERREG IV for delivery of the UP4IT Programme and from the HSE for the delivery of the Cavan/Monaghan Healthy Families initiative. 

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 Department Social Protection to deliver the  NCN  Level 5 >>Early Years Training Programme 

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

Working with Tusla staff and members of the Cavan/Monaghan >> Children’s Services Committee (CYPSC)>> to develop the Tuning into Children Project

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