The Arts Council Ireland’s strategic statement was published at a time of significant change in the arts. That change is linked to wider social, cultural, economic and technological developments. It is a time of opportunity and challenge.
In this section you will find resources to assist you in developing your knowledge of EU funding, policy and research; national cultural policy documents and links to European arts and culture networks and other related resource organisations.
National Policy Document
Following a roundtable discussion involving Irish early childhood arts and education practitioners in October 2012, the Arts Council identified some fundamental steps to be taken at a research level in order to inform policy and provision in the rapidly growing area of early childhood arts. The Arts Council commissioned three independent perspectives: an overview of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) policy and provision in Ireland; a background paper on the role of the arts in early childhood learning and development; and an international perspective on best practice in Early Childhood Arts.