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  • Montessori for Aging and Dementia 2 day workshop in Ireland

    Posted by Administrator on December 11, 2017

    Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland and Association of AMI Teachers of Ireland are delighted to announce a 2 day workshop on Montessori for Aging and Dementia.  The workshop is led by Jennifer Brush, who is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author and consultant.

    The goal of the Montessori program is to support people living with dementia by creating a prepared environment, filedl with cues and memory supports, that enables individuals to care for themselves, others and their community.  The 2 day workshop focuses on the Montessori for Aging and Dementia program criteria as established by AMI.  It will be held in Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland, 16 Adelaide Street, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin on the 26th and 27th of March 2018. The cost of the 2 day workshop is €175 per participant if paid before the 12th of January 2018 or €199 thereafter.  Register your interest with Erica Roche on 353 (1) 2806064 or at

    Black Friday Offer – CRNINI Conference

    Posted by Administrator on November 24, 2017

    I’ve bought my ticket for the Children’s Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s conference already. But if you haven’t purchased your ticket do it now to avail of this Black Friday offer.

    Back Friday Sale is here and for today only we are offering
    Members – Two Day Conference ticket was €150 now €95
    Non Members – Two Day Conference ticket was €200 now €145

    ‘Children and young people’s participation in research’

    Children’s Research Network Conference 2017

    Wednesday 29th November and Thursday 30th November
    Chartered Accountants House, Dublin

    Opening Address: Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children

    How can we involve and hear the views of children in research? This two-day conference features a range of presentations, experiences and examples of children’s participation in policy, research and practice in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Presentations include Tom McBride (Early Intervention Foundation), Paula Keenan (Children in Northern Ireland Participation Network), Thilo Kroll (UCD), Claire Finn (DCYA) and Greg Mannion (University of Stirling).

    Book your place for one day, or book both days at a special, discounted rate.


    To read the full programme, click here

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    Information and Networking Sessions hosted by DCCC

    Posted by Administrator on November 13, 2017

    Dublin City Childcare Committee will be hosting 5 local Information and Network Sessions. These sessions are an ideal opportunity for Early Years Providers and Managers to come together for updates on current/arising topics in the Early Years Sector and also a space to network and build professional relationships with other providers in your area.

    See below for more details, and to register your attendance please follow this link

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    Early Years Inspectorate (Ireland) – First Newsletter

    Posted by Administrator on November 13, 2017

    The inaugural Early Years Inspectorate Newsletter has been sent to registered Early Years Centers.  But if you haven’t seen it yet you can access it here.  Among the items discussed is the new Quality & Regulatory Framework (QRF) which is in draft form.  A target date of March/April 2018 for the final document has been proposed.  The following is taken directly from the newsletter:

    What is the purpose of the Quality and Regulatory Framework?

    • It is a document that sets out in a clear and transparent manner the parameters under which the early years inspectorate will assess services for compliance with the regulation

    When will the sector have an opportunity to consult on the QRF?

    • A preliminary consultation on a draft of the QRF with stakeholders took place from January to March 2017.
    • Since March 2017 the Inspectorate have been refining and developing the document further and the revised version will be available for consultation with all early years’ services in late November 2017.  The revised draft will be available on the Tusla website in December 2017 for consultation with the sector.


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    National Síolta Aistear Initiative Newsletter November 2017

    Posted by Administrator on November 4, 2017

    The 2nd issue of the National Síolta Aistear Initiative Newsletter has been released.  You can find the full newsletter in English here and in Irish here.  The newsletter contains (taken directly from the newsletter)

    • An update on changes to
    • A spotlight on transitions
    • Information on action planning tools
    • “My experience of…” one setting’s experience of participating in the new Síolta Aistear Introductory workshop
    • A list of the settings who have achieved Síolta Quality Assurance Programme’s (QAP) validation in 2017
    • A “What’s happening?” section, outlining upcoming professional development opportunities and news.

    A new workshop has been developed by the National Síolta Aistear Initiative in 2017 entitled ‘Síolta, Aistear and the Practice Guide-An Introduction’. This was made available to Síolta Aistear Mentors in May 2017 and delivery of the workshop has begun in a number of areas. The purpose of the workshop is to increase understanding and awareness of Síolta, Aistear and the Practice Guide and to begin to explore the connections between Síolta and Aistear. This issue contains feedback from the team in Stepping Stones Playschool who have recently participated in this workshop with Limerick Childcare Committee.

    Outdoor Learning CPD – Maureen Hedderman, Watergrasshill Playschool

    Posted by Administrator on October 19, 2017

    “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.”                                                                                                                    Carl Sagan.

    Off we went for our weekend of outdoor learning to the most beautiful part of County Kerry that is Caherdaniel/Derrynane/Waterville. My very trusting colleague kept me entertained as I drove the long and not particularly good road from Kenmare out to the coast.  (Kerry County Council please take note!). Having spent a lot of childhood holiday time in these parts and later still with my own family I always look at this area with fondness and warm memories. So I may be a little bit biased!!

    We started out by hurriedly checking into our quaint but lovely Bed and Breakfast and rushing to check in and register in the village hall on our Iveragh Learning Landscapes weekend.  We were first! It had started to rain and by now it was beginning to darken and nothing could be seen outside except pea soup!.  More people started to arrive and by 7 the hall was buzzing with people from all walks of life.  There was tea and coffee and somebody brought warm cakes (gluten free of course) yum!.  There was a sense that most of these people knew each other and greeted each other warmly with hugs and kisses.  We sort of felt like gate-crashers at a wedding!

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    Children First Act (2015) – Children First Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children

    Posted by Administrator on October 18, 2017

    For those of you in Ireland Tusla have developed a Children First e-Learning Programme.  Please note this is an introduction to Children First and is not tailored specifically to Early Years Professionals but is suitable for everyone.  Contact your local Childcare Committee if you are an Early Years Professional and want to participate in Children First Training.

    The following is taken directly from the Tusla website.

    Children First E-Learning Programme
    Tusla has developed a universal e-learning training programme called ‘Introduction to Children First’. The programme has been written to support people of all backgrounds and experience in recognising concerns about children and reporting such concerns if they arise.

    The programme is based on Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the Children First Act 2015.

    The programme takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete but it can be done in a number of sittings. The programme will allow you to log back in and resume where you left off. It covers topics including:

    •  Recognising and reporting child abuse;
    •  The role of mandated persons;
    •  The responsibilities of organisations working with children to safeguard children;
    •  The role of designated liaison persons.

    You will need to create an account using an email address to log in and complete the progamme. This allows you to complete the training gradually over time. When you have completed the programme, you will receive a certificate of completion directly to your email address.

    Details of the programme can be found here




    Posted by Administrator on October 16, 2017

    Statement from Minister Zappone in regard to Early Years settings and whether to open on Tuesday the 17/10/17.


    Storm Ophelia – Childcare Update Monday 16th October 2017

    Statement by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

    Safety must be the top consideration as childcare providers decide when to resume services.

    The safety and welfare of children, staff and parents should be carefully considered by each service before they decide on service resumption.

    Assessments of buildings and other infrastructure should only be carried out when safe to do so. Local weather warnings should be observed at all times, as should local information on travel restrictions.

    The Department is advising that funding for those services offering state schemes will continue to be provided for Tuesday 17th October, irrespective of whether they are in a position to re-open.

    Those whose premises have been damaged or are facing pro-longed power outages should advise their County Childcare Committees. The Department, Pobal and Childcare Committees across the country will be available to consider what assistance can be offered to services whose premises have been damaged due to the adverse weather.’


    Independent Review of the Cost of Delivering Quality Childcare

    Posted by Administrator on September 29, 2017

    The Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone has announced the commencement of the Independent Review of the Cost of Delivering Quality Childcare.  The following is the press release from the Minister.  The full version can be found here

    ‘A key milestone in the on-going reformation of childcare in Ireland was marked today with sign off for work to commence on the Independent Review of the Cost of Delivering Quality Childcare by Minister Katherine Zappone. The Independent Review will be carried out by Crowe Horwath.

    The review will examine the costs faced by childcare providers in delivering quality childcare. It will include a survey of childcare providers. The review is intended to strengthen the evidence base underpinning future policy development and investment in early years.

    Speaking on the launch of the review, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone noted:

    “2017 has already seen the achievement of many important goals to deliver quality, accessible, affordable childcare to Irish families. In April of this year I promised that we would deliver the benefits of more affordable childcare to Irish families.

    After months of hard work we can confirm that 86% of eligible childcare providers have signed up to deliver these measures and the families of tens of thousands of families are now experiencing lower childcare costs as a result.

    It is my hope that this review will provide the evidence base to inform future investment in the sector and ensure that the progress made this year is built upon year on year going forward.”

    The Independent Review of the Cost of Delivery of Quality Childcare is expected to take approximately 10 months to complete.’




    ACS Infograph from Donegal County Childcare Committee

    Posted by Administrator on September 8, 2017

    This resource will be of interest to those of you in Ireland. Donna from Donegal County Childcare Committee Ltd. has created the following infograph which we are sure you’ll find useful. As she says herself “The info-graphic is interactive – just click on the flower heads (yes, really!) which will link you to the relevant pages of the Affordable Childcare and DCYA website. Here you can get more in-depth information about each of the programmes available”



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