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    1. Creating a structure to support & strengthen Early Years services in Ireland
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  • Update from TUSLA Consultation 9th April 2014

    Posted by admin on April 11, 2014

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    The Association of Childhood Professionals (Ireland) participated in the recent consultation hosted by Fiona McDonnell from TUSLA. The aim of the session was to let stakeholders know about & discuss the proposed registration model and standard based inspection model early years settings will be required to operate under. Our colleagues in ACP have posted the following summary of the discussion.

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    No Sew Stuffed Rabbits – Clochan Cora Montessori

    Posted by admin on April 7, 2014

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    The children in Clochan Cora Montessori, Rush, Co. Dublin made these beautiful sock bunnies last week. We thought they looked fabulous so we asked Nicole from Clochan Cora if she would share her pictures and instructions on how to make them with us and she did!

    Pop over the to their Facebook page and let them know if you like their bunnies.

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    Career Opportunities – April 2014

    Posted by admin on April 4, 2014

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    It’s only the 4th of April but there have been a flurry of career opportunities posted on our website.

    Posted 04/04/2014

    Employer: Dorset College, 66 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1

    Position:  Montessori Teacher required for academic project. Part-time, flexible

    Requirements:   Relevant Montessori Qualification. Masters degree in relevant discipline. Minimum 3-5 years relevant teaching experience. Knowledge of QQI Policies & Procedures

    Contact:  Please email your CV and covering letter to: helen.hughes@dorset-college.ie

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    Our New Outdoor Area – Lee Herlihy, Horizon’s Montessori Cork

    Posted by admin on April 2, 2014

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    Our new outdoor area is open and ready for the children to explore and enjoy. It took a lot of thought and I found the ideas posted by others on the internet a great source of inspiration. Barry from Prohome managed to make sense of my thoughts and bring them to life, without his willingness to sit and actively listen to my plans and figure out how to produce the finished product I fear my grand ideas would have stayed locked in my head. We hope you enjoy looking at our photo blog and maybe even get a bit of inspiration to help you develop your own outdoor space.

     

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    Negative Reaction to a Positive Thing – David King

    Posted by admin on March 31, 2014

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    Those of you who know me, or those of you who have read any of my blogs will know that I love my job. I choose this profession because I have a genuine love for children and a sincere passion for early childhood education and the Montessori Method. I also felt that (especially in Ireland) there was a distinct lack of men in this field and that surely this absence of positive male role models from early childhood education was a negative thing.

     

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    Career Opportunities March 2014

    Posted by admin on March 31, 2014

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    Posted 31/03/2014

    Employer:  The Glebe Primary Montessori School, Lexlip, Co. Kildare

    Position: Substitute Montessori Teacher for a class of 7 – 10 year old children starting immediately.  Hours 8.45am – 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.

    Requirements:   Montessori qualification to teach children up to 12 years of age.

    Contact:  Please forward your CV and covering letter to sinead@glebemontessori.ie

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    A Cautionary Tale – Anonymous

    Posted by admin on March 28, 2014

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    The following blog was written by someone who understandably wants to remain anonymous:

    ‘As most of us know in the Early Years settings we are aware that inspection reports are now made available on line, allowing all to access these reports on line.  For parents it seems to be a way to vet prospective early year’s settings prior to an actual on-site visit or enquiry before choosing a setting to send their child to. For Early Years providers is allows others to view inspection reports of other facilities and also review your own inspection reports and compliance and non-compliance and evaluate and ensure that you are providing the best possible care and facilities to children that attend your setting.  It shows openness and awareness of the importance of these inspections carried out to ensure that facilities are compliant and monitored and assessed on a regular basis.  It can in fact show a very different view of how an Early Years Setting is marketed, from the “this is what we say we do and provide” to “this is actually what we do and provide”. Read the rest of this post.

    A Busy Time in Treasures’ Montessori Preschool – Ida Lane

    Posted by admin on March 25, 2014

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    We are very fortunate to have people who are willing to share what goes on in their setting on a daily or weekly basis.  Just by seeing and reading we can become enthused and sometimes inspired to incorporate the ideas shared into our own daily schedule.  Ida Lane from Treasures’ Montessori Preschool in Wicklow town sent us the following photo blog and we hope you enjoy it & maybe even consider sending us one yourself!

     

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    Job Alerts for March 2014

    Posted by admin on March 24, 2014

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    We’re been contacted by a number of schools who are looking for staff. We post these career opportunities under the Practitioners tab above and have also decided to post a monthly job alert showing the positions advertised on our website as a blog post every month.  Below are the career opportunities for March 2014.

    Posted 25/03/2014

    Employer:  Pebble Beach Montessori, Big Street, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth

    Position:    Relief Montessori Teacher

    Requirements:  Minimum FETAC Level 5 Qualification.

    Contact: If you are interested in this position, then please submit your c.v. to esloan@yahoo.co.uk

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    First Term back in school in Australia – Trish Murphy Murray

    Posted by admin on March 21, 2014

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    Summer has come to an end, and since the 1st  of March, we are now in Autumn.  Leaves haven’t started to fall from the trees as yet and it is still quite warm.

    Well, we are over half way through the first term of school for the 2014 academic year.  Time is going really fast as there is a lot happening. It feels like we took off running and we haven’t stopped since the first day back! First term is over 10 weeks in duration with a 2 week break at the end of it which just happens to fall around Easter time this year.

    My role in the Margaret River Montessori has grown and I with it. I provide relief for both teachers and Education Assistants, as required and this has proven to be invaluable as it provides the children with consistency of care.  Read the rest of this post.

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