Posted by admin on March 9, 2014
Every two weeks we issue an update to our subscribers to let them know about the new resources we have uploaded to the website. We limit ourselves to telling them about only 4 as otherwise the update would be too long!
If you’d like us to take the strain out of preparing new material all of our downloads are available as premade material, just email us and we’ll start the wheels in motion. Read the rest of this post.
Posted by admin on February 25, 2014
As frogs are a protected species in Ireland the collection of frog spawn is licenced. The Department of the Environment issues a blanket licence for schools every year which enables them to collect frog spawn legally for educational purposes. You can download the licence here. There are a number of protected species of flora and fauna in Ireland and you can view more information about them here
Posted by admin on February 23, 2014
We are all very much aware that this is an exciting time for our sector, you don’t need me to tell you that. Nor do you need me to tell you that our sector is rapidly professionalising and our qualifications are the topic of much media discussion.
There are very few real options in Ireland at the moment for those of is who want to “up skill” to level 7,8 and 9 in early years. While there are degree and masters courses available they are limited and the number of places available on these courses is greatly outweighed by the demand for them, and with this surge of professionalism that has really gathered pace since 2013 this demand will only get higher. Read the rest of this post.
Posted by admin on February 15, 2014
Our latest download is of animals and their homes & is aimed at the 6-9 year old children. It is hoped this material can be a starting point for the child who is interested in animals and will lead to project work. Subscribers will find it on our website in the Downloads/Language PDFs (6-9yrs) section. This material is also available premade and costs €38 for the complete set of 24 animal cards, 24 animal home cards & 1 control card. Have a look in our shop for more details
Posted by admin on February 14, 2014
Posted by admin on February 9, 2014
In October last year I was given the chance to take part in a study trip organised by Leargas and facilitated by Early Childhood Ireland to experience the Tuscan Approach to Childcare which is practiced in San Miniato Italy. Tired but still in good spirits our group of 23 arrived in the beautiful old village centre of San Miniato which is perched in the Tuscan hills in the Arno valley. Although we arrived just as it was getting dark it was still easy to appreciate how ancient the village is. The cobble locked narrow roads, thick stone walls and the style of the buildings all spoke of a village with a long history. Read the rest of this post.
Posted by admin on February 8, 2014
We’ve combined our Aistear & Montessori mapping tool into one manual which subscribers can print off and use as a reference when recording the children’s work. Subscribers can log into their account and will find the resource in the Dowloads/Aistear section. If you’d like a hardcopy (€50 +p&p) let us know and we’d be happy to print it off and send it to you.
Posted by admin on February 3, 2014
A new child protection and welfare training course for the early years sector is now available and it will be delivered by the Childcare Committees and a number of Voluntary Childcare Organisations.
- The first level of training to be offered is Child Protection & Welfare: Basic Level. This is a HSE/Child & Family Agency accredited module that has been developed for the early years sector.
- The new programme replaces the ‘Keeping Safe’ child protection training course
- Over 3 years training will be offered to all early years workers (including childminders).
- Training will be free as far as possible.
- Only Trainers accredited to the new programme can deliver the new module.
- Training for Designated Liaison Persons will be rolled out later in 2014.
Have a look at the attached pdf for more information