Becoming a member

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Who can join?

Membership is voluntary and available to all licensed independent early childhood centres managed by community owned, privately owned and voluntary groups.

Join online

To apply for membership of the ECC download and complete the appropriate application form:

  • PROVISIONAL MEMBERSHIP – For centres that are not currently licensed but expect to be so within the next 12 months or so, download a Provisional Membership Form here (pdf)

Please email your completed information form to

Benefits of membership

While you and your staff care for children all day, who’s caring about you and your business?

The Early Childhood Council provides a great range of services to help advance your business, develop your staff and ensure your success.We care about early childhood education and the people who work in this unique sector.

Our members benefit from:

Great Value!

Great Help!

Great Representation!

  • Over 100 tools and templates to save you time

  • An excellent resource library of useful, relevant information on running a successful early childhood education centre

  • An affordable, comprehensive professional development programme

  • Social media discussions (Facebook, Twitter)

  • An Employer’s Help Line with up to 15 minutes free legal advice

  • And single-issue advice on any ECE issue only a phone call away!

  • Weekly e-News keeps you informed

  • Regional social networks of centre managers

  • Quarterly Swings & Roundabouts magazine – freely to every licensed early childhood education centre in the country, containing articles on the latest happenings and issues facing our sector

  • Regular surveys of your opinion on key sector issues

  • Influencing politicians and policy-makers

  • Involvement in key sector issues and projects

  • Leading significant sector projects

  • Your chance to be involved and have your voice heard!

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