The DCEDIY committed to the development of key principles underpinning young children’s quality engagement with the arts in ELC settings. In 2019 research was commissioned to develop a report that would include an overview of how creativity, play and the arts feature in ELC policy and provision; a glossary of key terms; and an articulation of key principles underpinning this area of practice. This work was to be informed by Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, and Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework. Following a successful tender, Dr Triona Stokes of Maynooth University was selected to carry out this research. A sub group was established with representatives of the DCEDIY, the Department of Education, the Arts Council, the Creative Ireland Programme team in the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, to oversee the work.