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Photos of early learning and care settings: 1) a little girl stands next to her teacher and shows her a toy while other children sit around the table. 2) two little girls are playing together outside in sand and a play set is visible in the background. 3) two toddler boys are playing indoors on the floor with an abacus and shelves with books, blocks and toys are visible in the background.

What is TALIS Starting Strong?

The Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) Starting Strong is an international, large-scale survey of staff and leaders in early learning and care (ELC).  Participation in TALIS Starting Strong is voluntary.

TALIS Starting Strong compares early learning and care settings within and across countries, highlighting both differences and similarities in how ELC is delivered. The data collected informs and facilitates policy discussions about staff’s working conditions and training needs, helping to enhance the overall quality of the workforce.

TALIS Starting Strong is conducted under the auspices of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It is undertaken in Ireland by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) is the sponsoring Department.

Who takes the TALIS Starting Strong Survey?

The TALIS Starting Strong Survey collects data from ELC childcare providers i.e. childminders and creches. Staff and leaders in ELC settings are selected at random to take part.

Field Trial 2023

The field trial for TALIS 2023 will take place in Spring 2023. The survey will be carried out on-line. The purpose of the field trial is to pilot the survey to test the processing systems used and questionnaires and ensure the quality of the main study.

Main Study 2024

The Main study will take place in Spring 2024.  More information will be available after the field trial is completed.


Results from the TALIS Starting Strong’s main study are expected in 2025-2026 when national and international reports on the survey will be published.

Learn more about Talis Starting Strong