Early Years Education Quality Support

Preparing for Life Early Years Education Quality Support provides advocacy, support and professional development to community-based early years educators based in the Northside Partnership catchment area of Dublin 3, 5, 13 and 17.  

As a part of the Northside Partnership, we can provide support in areas such as governance, funding and social enterprise.  We also provide training in The Growing Brain Zero to Three programme.


Preparing For Life Early Years Education is grounded in the principle that relationships and an understanding of the community are fundamental to an environment where children can strive and reach their full potential. 

We have links with local schools, Dublin City Libraries and Creative Arts hubs and a number of 3rd level institutions who work collaboratively to create opportunities for children and families to engage with in the arts.

Strengthening Foundations for Learning (SFL)

In conjunction with our support and advocacy, Preparing for Life Early Years Education team deliver a specific programme called Strengthening Foundations for Learning (SFL), which is a professional development programme for early years educators working in community settings in North Dublin. Following an evaluation by Professor Nóirín Hayes, phase two has been developed which aspires to provide educators with a nurturing, mentoring experience and encourages reflection on practice within a quality development programme. This programme aims to build the capacity of educators to be “responsive, sensitive and reciprocal” in their interactions with children. 

This quality and professional development programme is grounded in the principles of Aistear: The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework and Síolta: The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education.  The concepts of social and emotional well-being for young children and infant mental health are embedded within the programme. The key areas on which the Strengthening Foundations of Learning Programme seeks to make a positive impact are: 

  • Relationship-based early years practice (promoting secure attachment)
  • Curriculum foundations
  • The learning environment
  • Planning and assessment of learning and for learning
  • Communication and oral language development
  • Pedagogical leadership and professional identity

The SFL programme is divided into 3 phases:

For further resources, visit: Early Years Education Resources