Early Years

Early Years – the organisation for young children is the largest organisation in Northern Ireland working to promote high quality early years care and education for children aged 0-12 and their families. It was established in 1965, and is a membership-based organisation, a registered charity, a company limited by guarantee and is governed by a Board of Directors.

The mission of the Organisation is to promote and develop high quality, evidence-informed early childhood services for young children, their families and communities.

The vision of the Organisation is that young children are: strong, competent and visible in their communities; eager and able to learn; physically and emotionally healthy; respectful of difference.

To deliver this vision, a range of key services and programmes is provided. Services also cover the Republic of Ireland through cross-border initiatives, and wider Europe through a number of international projects.

Our Values

We believe in:

  • Childhood – in its own right
  • Listening to children – and those who care for them
  • A strong voice for children
  • Play, fun and creativity
  • Parents as first educators
  • Participation of children and families
  • Community involvement and development
  • Partnership
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Excellence and evidence-based innovation
  • Effective stewardship and governance
  • A professional, committed and recognised workforce
  • Valuing staff, members and their commitment


Investors in People Gold

EFQM Gold Award

Quality Management Standard ISO 9001:2008 Award



📇 Contact

If you want to contact with us, you can use the following information:

  • Telephone: +44 (0)28 9066 2825
  • Fax: +44 (0)28 9038 1270
  • Address: Early Years Headquarters, 6c Wildflower Way Apollo Road Boucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6TA
  • Link: www.early-years.org