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  • Affordable and Quality Childcare

    Posted by Administrator on January 29, 2016

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    The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Childcare published its report on Affordable and Quality Childcare and the following is taken directly from the press release.

    “The Joint Committee on Health and Children has today published its Report on Affordable and Quality Childcare.

    The Report is the result of number of hearings held by the Committee, which allowed various stakeholders to address the Committee on developing an affordable and quality childcare system in Ireland.

    Some of the recommendations include:

    • There should be no separation, as far as possible, between treatment of private and community services in delivery of childcare services. All services are governed by the same legislation and same standards, with similar staffing pay scales.

    • The process of publication of Tulsa Inspection Reports should be standardised and accelerated.

    • Adequate resources are needed to ensure the extension of free childcare year benefits the estimated 127,000 additional children in its first year of operation.

    • The National Childcare Co-ordination Committee should be re-established.

    • Efforts must be made to ensure that the au pair industry recruitment agencies are aware of, and comply with the Employment Agencies Act 1971.An eligible employment permit should be introduced for domestic work in order to respond to labour market demand and mitigate exploitation.

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    National Skills Strategy

    Posted by Administrator on January 28, 2016


    The new National Skills Strategy for Ireland was published yesterday and this piece from the press release stood out for me. Do we prepare learning opportunities and construct our learning centers to suit children’s interests and considering children as human ‘beings’ or are we looking to the future and considering how they may be beneficial to the workforce and considering them as human ‘becomings’?

    “The Strategy will aim to ensure that Ireland’s current and future workforce needs are met through increased participation, educational attainment, skills development and skill use to achieve greater productivity and support economic and social prosperity and growth.”

    The full strategy can be downloaded from the Department of Education and Skills

    Job Alerts in January 2016

    Posted by Administrator on January 26, 2016

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    Posted 26/01/2016

    Employer: Bloomfield Childcare and Montessori, Dublin 4

    Position: Montessori Teachers and Childcare Practitioners

    Requirements: Qualification in Montessori required for Montessori Teachers positions.  Qualification in Childcare required for Childcare Practitioners positions.  Fluent English is essential.  Previous experience of working in a similar environment is desirable.  A working knowledge of Aistear and Síolta is required. Genuine interest in children and their overall well-being is fundamental to both positions.

    Contact: Please forward your CV and covering letter to


    Posted 26/01/2016

    Employer: Little Willows Academy, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

    Position: Full-time Montessori Teacher (40 hrs per week) to join our small team.

    Requirements: Minimum qualification at Level 6 in Montessori but qualification at Level 7+ is an advantage.  We are seeking an experienced confident Montessori teacher as the position is in a senior class and the teacher must run the class along.  Up-to-date certificates in First Aid and Manual Handling are required.

    Contact:  For further information contact Paula on 087 9160249.  Please forward your CV and covering letter for the attention of Paula to

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    Learner Fund 4

    Posted by Administrator on January 22, 2016


    For those of you who are working in Early Years settings in Ireland Learner Fund 4 Applications will be open from January 25th (14:00hrs) to March 10th (18:00hrs) 2016.  Learner Fund 4 is only for Level 6 courses, and learners will have until June 2017 to complete the award.  The Department of Children & Youth affairs issued a letter to all providers regarding the need for ALL staff who are working with children to have a minimum qualification at level 5 by the 31st of December 2016.

    All Learner Fund 4 courses should be completed by June 2017 and allow the Learner to achieve a major award at Level 6 on the NFQ. Please note that there is a limit of one application per ECCE service in this round, and only services currently participating in the ECCE programme will be eligible.…/learnerfund/…/default.aspx

    A number of colleges/institutions will be offering courses so keep an eye on their websites and Facebook pages, Progressive College will be scheduling both classroom based and blended learning courses under Learner Fund 4. Please contact Karen on 01 4884300 or for further information

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    Bits and Bobs

    Posted by Administrator on January 7, 2016

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    When I was young my mum had a cupboard which she used to allow me free access to.  This was before child proofing your home became popular and the idea of purchasing child locks to secure cupboards and drawers was laughable.  The funny thing is that although all of the other cupboards were easily accessible I didn’t bother with them content instead on investigating MY cupboard.

    My mum had stocked it with pots, pans, wooden spoons, whisks (non motorised!), empty cartons, cups, bowls….I’m sure you get the picture.  I’d spend happy busy blocks of time taking items out of the cupboard, putting them back in again, taking them back out, putting them back in again in a different order, taking them back out, combining items, using them in imaginative play and then returning them.

    When my own children were born I did the same thing with them and gave them their own cupboard to explore.  As they got older and more interested in small objects and using their fine motor skills this cupboard became redundant and reverted back to its pre child status of cupboard for food stuffs.  Bits and bobs started to accumulate in a drawer; old pencils, measuring tapes, toy animals, paper-pads, crayons, protractors basically the gifts from Christmas crackers no one really wants but everyone likes to get when they pull the cracker.  These treasures soon amassed to quite a collection and provide endless impromptu games and activities for my children as they rediscovered the drawer on rainy days or days when they just needed to do something different.

    My own children are children no longer, but the bits and bobs drawer is still there and is still in use.  Visitors who call to our house know their children needn’t bring toys as we have the best toy of all just waiting for them to delve in to.

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    Retain Regulation 3 Campaign – Patricia Muldoon

    Posted by Administrator on January 7, 2016


    Children in Special schools, in special classes and those in resource classes in mainstream schools in Ireland have had the benefit of having teachers with Montessori training (with additional Special Education training), Froebel training, National school training or teachers trained in other countries, for decades. The benefit of having Montessori trained teachers does not need to be explained on this site.

    Unfortunately the Teaching Council of Ireland, supported by the Minister of Education and Skills Jan O’ Sullivan, herself a trained Montessorian, have decided that Montessori teachers and teachers trained outside of Ireland that belong to a category known as Regulation 3 will no longer be registered by the Teaching Council and therefore not eligible to teach in any Department of Education & Skills recognised school.

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    Mindfulness 2015; Another year of living mindfully and teaching Mindful Practice – Gaye Mullen

    Posted by Administrator on January 5, 2016

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    It was a wonderful year! Full of new beginnings, laughter, love, kindness and compassion!
    Lots of new children joined the class and attended the various workshops throughout the year. I visited many schools and set up some simple Mindful activities for the children to do at home and at school. The wonderful thing about Mindfulness is that it is portable and everyone can give it a go!

    We can all be Mindful each day for a few moments and truly reap the benefits.

    Children young and old can practice Mindfulness.  Mindfulness helps us to feel good and when we feel well we behave better we can enjoy life more. When we change a negative pattern of thought we can begin then to be kinder to ourselves and to others. It all starts with the Mindful breathe and a inward smile and wellness thought of ‘I am well ..I am okay’.

    During our ‘Let’s chat it out!’ time, I often asked the children (primary and young teens) what bothers you the most? What makes you anxious?

    99% said homework, tests and exams……. (Hmmm …)

    We live in a world where from childhood we are judged and stressed by feeling we are not doing enough or feel we are not bright enough and can be only be validated by our achievements. We are humans ‘doing’ rather than humans ‘being’.

    I love seeing the children leave the Mindfulness session Read the rest of this post.

    Free Download

    Posted by Administrator on December 23, 2015

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    Get this FREE Download of the 2016 Calendar while you can and it’ll give you something to do between Christmas and New Year

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    Lynne Lawrence Public Talk

    Posted by Administrator on December 16, 2015

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    The Association of AMI Teachers of Ireland are hosting a public talk by Lynne Lawrence, executive director of Association Montessori Internationale on Friday, 8th of January 2016 at 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Co. Dublin.  Tickets cost €10 and are available on the night at the door or can be purchased on line from Eventbrite


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    Job Alerts – December 2015

    Posted by Administrator on December 9, 2015


    Posted 11/12/2015

    Employer: Koala Childcare, Rochestown Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

    Position: Positive, enthusiastic and fun loving early years practitioner required for a small homely setting.  This is a Room Leader position in our baby and toddler room and is therefore a Full-Time position.

    Requirements: Early years qualification and two years experience in a similar role are essential

    Contact:  For more information about the position contact Gemma or Jen on 01 2023040. Please forward your CV and covering letter to


    Posted 11/12/2015

    Employer: Wee Care Nurseries, Monkstown, South County Dublin

    Position: Full-time Montessori Teacher required to work alongside another teacher in our Free Pre school year (FPY) classroom.

    Requirements: Minimum qualification at Level 6 in Montessori (from DCYA approved training provider for FPY).  Experience of working in a similar role is an advantage.  A minimum of two references are required.

    Additional Information:  The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary and opportunities for continuous professional development.

    Contact:  Please forward your CV, covering letter and copies of relevant qualifications by email to Caitriona Barrett at


    Posted 09/12/2015

    Employer: Little Learners, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

    Position: Full-time Montessori Teacher, 8.30am-3.30pm with the option of extra hours.  This position is subject to a six month probationary period.

    Requirements: Minimum qualification at Level 7 in Montessori and at least 2 years experience of working in the early childhood sector.  Candidates should possess a knowledge and understanding of Aistear, Síolta and early childhood care and education.  Excellent communication skills, be a self starter but be equally comfortable working as part of a team.

    Contact:  Please forward your CV and covering letter  by email to


    Posted 09/12/2015

    Employer: Bright Sparks Montessori, Malahide, Co. Dublin

    Position: Montessori Teacher required for 2 full days & 1 half day per week (5 Montessori sessions).  Starting mid February 2016

    Requirements: Minimum qualification at Level 6 in Montessori and 2 years experience of working in a similar role.

    Contact:  Please forward your CV and covering letter  by email to


    Posted 09/12/2015

    Employer: Tiny Tots Creche & Pre-school, Dundalk, Co. Louth

    Position: Flexible Childcare Worker required to cover maternity leave, holidays etc., to start January 2016.

    Requirements: Minimum qualification at Level 5 in Childcare.  Manual Handling certificate, Garda Vetting and 2 references essential.  First Aid certificate would be an advantaged.

    Contact:  Please forward your CV and covering letter  by email to by the 18th of December 2015.

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