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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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  • DCYA Press Release – Additional Supports for Families

    Posted by Administrator on April 12, 2017

    Department of Children and Youth Affairs Press Release (12/4/17) regarding making childcare more affordable.

    “The childcare supports available from this September will include:

    A new universal childcare subsidy for children aged from 6 months up to 36 months old (or commencement of the free pre-school programme). This new universal childcare subsidy will benefit up to 33,000 children. For children in full-time, registered childcare, it will amount to €1,000 per annum.

    Significant increases of up to 50 per cent in childcare subvention rates provided under the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme for children aged from 6 months up to 15 years old:

    Up to 23,000 children and their families currently availing of childcare supports under this Scheme will benefit from these increases. For example, parents availing of full-time childcare who currently have had their childcare costs subsidised by €95 per week under this Scheme will see their subvention rate rise to €145 per week.

    Up to 7,000 additional children and their families are expected to benefit from this Scheme for the first time from September due to improved access to this Scheme through a greater number of community/not-for-profit and private childcare providers throughout the country. These children and their families too will benefit from these generous increases in childcare subvention rates.

    Children and families can avail of these new levels of childcare subsidies under a number of circumstances, including if they are in receipt of the Family Income Supplement or of they have a medical card or a GP only card.

    The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is working with the Department of Social Protection, Pobal and a number of Government Departments to build a fully automated online system which will ultimately be used to access and administer childcare supports.

    When that online system is available, existing levels of investment will allow a further 9,000 families to benefit from more affordable childcare, through childcare subsidies of up to €12 per week. ”




    PALS Preschool require Montessori Teacher

    Posted by Administrator on April 3, 2017

    Employer: PALS Preschool, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

    Position: Montessori teacher for one of our preschool classes, working from 8.15am to 2.15pm, 5 days per week.  Full ABA training will be provided. Candidate will be working alongside a consultant Speech and Language Therapist and a Bord Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

    Requirements: The successful application must hold a recognised Primary school Teaching Degree or Montessori Degree.  Registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland is also required.

    Contact: Please forward your CV and cover letter to or phone 01 8610900 for more information.



    Lead Teacher Opportunity in Little Eaton Montessori

    Posted by Administrator on March 31, 2017

    Employer: Little Eaton Montessori, Eaton Brae, Corbawn Lane, Shankill, Co. Dublin.  A warm and welcoming sessional Montessori school.

    Position: Lead Montessori Teacher to work with 15 children per classroom. Working hours are from 8.45am to 1.00pm. An option to work until 2pm is available.  Starting August 2017 & salary will be commensurate with experience.

    Requirements: Minimum Level 7 qualification in Montessori and 3 years classroom experience. As lead teacher you will be responsible for implementing the Montessori method of education and catering for each child’s individual needs.  A working knowledge of the two national frameworks, Aistear and Síolta, and the current Pre-school Regulations are essential.  Working as part of a small team you will plan the weekly curriculum and oversee all child observations and Montessori work records. A genuine interest in children and the Montessori approach is a must.  As is a positive attitude and the ability to work as part of a team.  An interest in outdoor fun and activities is highly advantageous.

    Contact: Please forward your CV and cover letter to Sinead Doocy at or call 087 6158218



    Profession Identity Survey (Ireland)

    Posted by Administrator on March 3, 2017

    To all providers and staff of registered Early Years services in Ireland

    In 2016 the DCYA established a National Early Years Forum. Arising from this development a sub group from across our sector has been established to consider professionalistion within the sector. (see list below) You are now being given the opportunity to have your VOICE heard, please read on and PLEASE SHARE

    One of the key requirements of being identified as a profession is having an agreed, recognised title. In Early Childhood Education and Care services we tend to define ourselves in terms of our job description e.g. project leader; centre manager; team leader; manager; room leader; teacher; childcare assistant; childminder; etc. Similarly in the profession of engineering they too have role titles such as project leaders; managers; etc. but they all identify as being within one shared profession – Engineer. Selecting a shared title for our profession does not change our job title but it does give us a shared professional identity that is recognised by the wider society. Using the democratic process to collectively agree a title will support us in claiming a recognised and respected place on the education and care continuum.

    Following initial research around the country three viable options have emerged. Regardless of the Title that is chosen the role will be to enhance children’s holistic development ( in their pre-primary years within a range of settings ( 3 months -5 years)

    1. Early Years Practitioner
    2. Early Years Educator
    3. Early Years Teacher

    Please use this link to vote once so that we can democratically name our profession. Share this link widely to ensure that as many of your colleagues as possible have their say on what our profession will be called. There is only one question so this survey will only take a few seconds to complete.
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    Graduations – Celtic Graduations

    Posted by Administrator on February 27, 2017

    Celtic Graduations supply caps & gowns to early years services in Ireland to mark the transition from preschool, kindergarten, Montessori etc., to Primary school. With Graduation season fast approaching check out their full range of kids Graduation Cap & Gown on their website. Graduation accessories also available.



    Licence to Collect Frog Spawn (Ireland)

    Posted by Administrator on February 25, 2017

    Handmade Materials - Parts of the Frog

    You need a licence to collect & use frog spawn for educational purposes in Ireland. You can download the licence here & remember to return the tadpole/immature frogs back to the pond/river you got them from.  And remember to check out the ‘Frog’ downloads we have available for you to create resources from.




    Children’s Rights Alliance 2017 Report Card

    Posted by Administrator on February 21, 2017

    The 2017 Report Card from the Children’s Rights Alliance has been released.  Overall the Irish government got a D+ with Rights in Early Childhood receiving a C+ grade.  Have a read of the full report on the Children’s Rights Alliance website





    Language Workshop – Muintir na Leanaí

    Posted by Administrator on February 13, 2017

    Catherine from Muintir na Leanaí is holding her next Montessori Language Workshop in the Riasc Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin on Saturday the 25th of February 2017.  The workshop will run from 10am to 4.30pm, costs €90 and refreshments will be provided.  The topics presented will include reading readiness, the Montessori language materials and how these related to the two Early Years Frameworks of Aistear & Siolta.  Places for this popular workshop are limited and are on a first come first served basis.  To book a place contact Catherine on 086 8881963 or email

    Simply Felt Ireland

    Posted by Administrator on February 10, 2017

    Hi, my name is Lorna, I am the owner of Simply Felt Ireland which specialises in Fiber Art.  To create my products I use a process called Wet Felting which involves using unspun wool and water to create felt. You can find out more about the process at this link.

    I am a mother of four beautiful children who keep me on my toes.  Life is busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  They keep me young, not sure about them keeping me fit though!

    I fell into doing crafts.  I was always one for creating with my kids, always collecting and making things.  I love to create! It’s a passion but it can also be my nemesis because if I don’t make something I get cranky!

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    Garda Vetting UPDATE from Canavan Byrne

    Posted by Administrator on January 27, 2017

    Canavan Byrne who have been supporting Early Years services in Ireland for over 10 years have posted the following useful summary regarding Garda Vetting in Ireland in a blog post on their website.

    “You are all aware by now the under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 (no 47 of 2012) it is a criminal offence not to have Garda vetting disclosure when working with children and vulnerable adults. This applies to staff that started from the 29th April 2016. When TUSLA inspect the employee can be removed from the service. For employees employed pre-April 2016 it will result in a non-compliance and a condition will be added to the registration.

    Garda vetting carried out through the national vetting bureau covers the Republic and Northern Ireland

    All employees, volunteers and students working in the service must be Garda vetted. This includes relief staff. This also applies to the Board of management/Directors.
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