Dear Provider

As a key stakeholder in the provision of services to children, we would like to advise you of upcoming action learning sets being offered by the Department under the What Works initiative.

What Works, funded under Dormant Accounts, is an initiative designed by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) which aims to maximise the impact of prevention and early intervention to improve outcomes for children and young people living in Ireland. At the core of the initiative is a desire to foster persistent curiosity amongst those working to improve the lives of children and young people.

Action learning requires participants to meet regularly to solve common problems without the intervention of experts. The process of action learning often involves working on complex challenges. While it follows the well-known learning cycle (action, reflection, planning, new actions), it uses the power of small groups to help participants to innovate by generating fresh questions, insights and ways of resolving practice problems. Known as ‘sets’, the groups usually comprise a small group of members who meet at regular intervals to consider issues and progress. The structure of a set is simple, with an emphasis on members being honest with themselves and others and a willingness to listen carefully to what others are saying.

The action learning events take place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 15th, from 16.30 to 17.45,
  • Wednesday February 16th, from 10.00 to 11.15 and from 14.00 until 15.15

Simply pick a date and time that suits you and email your interest to

More details are outlined in the flyer here.


ECCE Registration Deadline

Pobal would like to remind providers that the latest a provider can register a child on the ECCE programme is 6 weeks after the child’s