Conference on ‘Our Children – Our Future’


The Early Childhood Care and Education sector in Ireland has witnessed a significant investment in infrastructure and key policy developments over the past decade. It is now timely that we collectively reflect on our journey to date, with the strategic objective of informing future strategic policy and practice direction for our children.

The ‘Our Children-Our Future’ Conference to be hosted in IT Sligo on October 20 and 21st  will consider and debate the diverse facets of our role and relevance as carers, educators, policy influencers and practitioners.

The conference hosts will comprise of Pedagogy Learning Education (PLé) Network of degree programme providers, the Irish Social Science Platform, IT Sligo, the Border Midland West region of County Childcare Committees and the HSE West.

The conference will comprise keynote national and international speakers and thematic sessions focusing on three core agorae: Early Childhood Care and Education Policy; Early Childhood Care and Education Practice; Early Childhood Care and Education Professional Identity.

Papers are now invited from practitioners, policy makers, academic, and researchers for the conference. For more information see