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Welcome to Better Start

Better Start National Early Years Quality Development is a national initiative to promote and enhance inclusive high-quality Early Learning and Care (ELC) for children from birth to six years of age in Ireland.

Would you like to enhance the quality of your Early Learning and Care setting?

Contact the Quality Development Service and one of our team will get in touch.

Applications for AIM Level 4 and 7 are open on Early Years Hive

The application process for AIM Level 4 (expert early years educational advice and support) for the 2021/22 pre-school year is now open on Early Years Hive.

Síolta, Aistear and the Quality Regulatory Frameworks

Better Start provides mentoring and coaching based on the Síolta and Aistear Frameworks, to Early Learning and Care settings in a coherent and consistent way, so that those settings are of high quality and deliver positive outcomes for children.

National Frameworks

"AIM support has been hugely beneficial to our service... it aids us in leading the way in inclusion and diversity in our early years’ service."

ELC Inclusion Coordinator (INCO), Cork 2021

What do our customers think?

We asked people about their experience of working with us and were delighted with the results!

96%

Rated Better Start positively

96%

Would recommend Better Start to a colleague

Source: Better Start Customer Service Survey (October 2019)

How can we help you?

Have questions or want to talk to someone? Send us a note here and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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