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    1. Creating a structure to support & strengthen Early Years services in Ireland
    2. Montessori Exercises mapped to the Aistear Curriculum Framework
    3. Providing a rich online knowledge base for practitioners & parents
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  • Job Alerts July 2015

    Posted by Administrator on July 29, 2015


    Posted 29/07/2015

    Employer: Herbert Montessori School, 10 Herbert Avenue, Dublin 4

    Position:  Playgroup Teacher, teaching and caring for children aged 2 to 3 years. Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm.  Position commencing Monday August 31st 2015 to Friday June 3rd 2016 with the possibility of working until Thursday June 30th 2016

    Salary & Holidays: €10/€12 ++ per hour. Holidays; 4 weeks in total taken when school is closed during term time.

    Requirements:  Qualifications and experience essential.

    Contact:  Please email CV and cover letter to and include dates and times you would be available for interview

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    Inter-Departmental Report – The Future Investment in Childcare in Ireland

    Posted by Administrator on July 22, 2015


    This long awaiting report has just been released and you can read it here

    Or access it directly on the Department of Children & Youth Affairs website

    A FAQ document about the report is also available on the DCYA’s website

    Second Hand Equipment

    Posted by Administrator on July 20, 2015

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    Although it’s summer people seem to be doing a Spring clean and have the following equipment for sale.  If you’re interested in purchasing any of the materials please contact the sellers directly




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    Insurance – PARCC Cavan Childcare

    Posted by Administrator on July 17, 2015

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    As we are all under serious pressure with sustainability issues, we would just like to take this opportunity to remind you again to approach Padraic Smith Insurance in Dublin for a very competitive quote. One of our contributors has received a quote 1/2 of last years bill for Montessori Sessional insurance AND 1/3 cheaper for their home insurance! Some of our contributors went with this company for last years renewal and it has worked out fine! They give insurance for every county!! Please contact Sandra or Mandy for a very reasonable quote.

    Padraic Smith Ins

    Play and Montessori – Pamela Purcell

    Posted by Administrator on July 15, 2015

    Montessori and Play

    Thanks to Angela Murray from the Montessori Research Interest Group for sharing this article ‘A Response to the NY Times Opinion Piece on Play‘ written by Laura Flores Shaw.  You might find it useful to clarify the Montessori approach to play for prospective parents or even if and when a Pre-School Inspector looks for evidence of play in Montessori environments.

    Montessori and Play





    Keeping yourself informed

    Posted by Administrator on July 2, 2015


    Keep yourself informed about what is going on in YOUR sector even as you take your foot off the pedal over the summer months. The interdepartmental group looking into the Early Years sector has recently given a briefing to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health & Children. Even though you may feel that it’s the last thing you want to do, grab a cup of coffee, several biscuits and READ IT.

    “The inter-Departmental group, IDG, which I chair, was established by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in January of this year. Its purpose is to identify and assess policies and future options for improving the affordability, quality and supply of services in the early years and school-age care and education sector in Ireland. The group comprises officials from all of the Departments with a significant interest in the area, namely, the Departments of Children and Youth Affairs, Social Protection, Education and Skills, Justice and Equality, Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Public Expenditure and Reform and Finance, and the Department of the Taoiseach. We have met on five occasions to date, and have also worked bilaterally within and beyond the Departments which are on the IDG itself. We have consulted with key stakeholders, both directly and online.”

    FREE Booklet for Parents

    Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2015

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    Barnardos Ireland have produced a FREE Booklet ‘Our Children First: A Parent’s Guide to the National Child Protection Guidance (revised edition 2015)‘ which you can either download and print out for parents or alternatively include the link to the download  in the newsletter you send to parents.
    “This guide explains to parents what the definitions of child abuse are; how they can help to ensure that their children are safe when in someone else’s care; and what to do if they are worried that a child may be being abused.”



    barnardos our children first a parents guide 1

    ChildDiary – Michelle Nolan

    Posted by Administrator on June 25, 2015

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    ChildDiary is smart technology which is taking early years education to a new level and will become a way of life throughout preschools and childcare services. It was created by early year’s practitioners and helps services make a difference in children and parents lives.

    ChildDiary was Founded in Ireland by Joao Carlos de Sousa & Michelle Nolan. Joao’s partner is an early years educator and she saw the need to help parents become more involved in their children’s learning while making early years service more efficient and profitable by cutting out time consuming paperwork. Michelle Nolan who ran a Montessori and Preschool for 8 years was on a parallel journey to support educators improve children’s learning outcomes and increase parent participation.

    ChildDiary is a secure platform that enables educators to share daily activities, newsletters, reminders, learning stories, photos and observation notes with parents. Parents can log in from the office and instantly respond to something that is happening in their son or daughter’s day. Read the rest of this post.

    Purple Turtle Montessori

    Posted by Administrator on June 18, 2015

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    I really love spending time in early years settings so I was thrilled to be asked by Brenda from Purple Turtle Montessori in Malahide, Co. Dublin to visit.  The children made me feel very welcome and took great pleasure in showing me around their environment. I took a few pictures which I hope you’ll enjoy.  My favourite photo is the one I titled ‘people hanging around’ as I feel it captures the sense of togetherness which was evident in the way the children interacted with each other, with Brenda and with me. I love the way the pink person and the blue person are holding hands and Brenda told me the children created this display at the start of the academic year to foster a sense of friendship.  Read the rest of this post.

    Qualifications for Working in Early Childhood Settings

    Posted by Administrator on June 12, 2015


    In Ireland the provision of Early Years Education is undergoing a restructuring. Up until quite recently as long as childcare practitioners fulfilled criteria laid down by the Health Services Executive (HSE) and local planning regulations, they were free to set up and run their own child care establishment. Training and a qualification in Early Years education was not one of the criteria stipulated by the HSE. In 2014 TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency was established. TUSLA brings together a number of agencies which deal with issues impacting on children and their families under the one legal entity. TUSLA is comprised of the HSE Children & Family Services, Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board. In early 2014 new qualification requirements were announced and are expected to be in force by the end of 2014.  With the introduction of the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme (ECCE) all practitioners working in an Early Years setting were encouraged to acquire formal childcare qualifications at FETAC (now QQI) Level 5 Major Award or above. The new qualification requirements will mean all pre-school leaders who are delivering the ECCE programme will be required to hold a Level 6 qualification in Early Childhood Care & Education.  All other staff who are working with children in early years settings will have to possess at least a Level 5  in Early Childhood Care & Education.  These new qualification requirements were expected to come into force for all existing services by September 2015 but have been postponed until September 2016 for existing services (DCYA, June 2015).  New services will have to adhere to the Level 5 & Level 6 qualifications as detailed above..

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