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  • Be Careful

    Posted by Administrator on May 20, 2015

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    A member of our community, Jean Lamour, who runs Raglan Childcare has posted the following warning to those of you who are running services in Ireland

    “There is a scam at the moment which involves Wendy Graham looking for two weeks for her two girls and she says her employers will be paying by cheque. She says she is looking for places for a short time (weeks or a month). She sends several friendly emails then asks for your bank account details. The cheque can arrive and then maybe they cancel the place and ask for refund via internet.. I’m a bit vague as it hasn’t happened for a couple of years. but since I sent the email to her re the scam I’ve heard nothing from her again!!”

    Below is a copy of the email which is being sent to services by the scam artist


    I and my 2 kids will be visiting . What are the age bracket you
    handle I do not know if a short time care like taking care of my kids
    for 2 weeks.

    I have a special program that will make me so occupy, this will take
    place not too far from you, I will be glad to drop my kids with you.

    Let me know the minimum numbers of hours you offer and your charging rate

    I await your prompt response.





    Posted by Administrator on May 18, 2015

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    We frequently have requests from subscribers to our website to post queries and we are delighted to be able to do that and find our Facebook page very useful as it provides nearly instantaneous responses from our readers. A member of our community had the following query about photographs and asked the community for some advice.

    “We took loads of lovely photos of children in our setting who will be leaving this year to head to big school. I don’t have it in me to delete all of those precious moments without first sharing them with parents. We share quite a bit on Facebook but there are hundreds of others that we haven’t posted simply because the Facebook page wasn’t active at the time. We can’t afford to print all of them so I was hoping someone could provide experience and opinions of other photo sharing sites or apps that we could give the parents access to? or any other ideas would be appreciated!”

    The following are some of the answers the query received: Read the rest of this post.

    Equality – An Early Years’ Professionals Perspective

    Posted by Administrator on April 29, 2015

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    So here it is…. We finally have a referendum to say that all love is equal.

    I have to say that this referendum is like a huge coming out to me, I feel I am again standing in secondary school listening to the whispers and giggles as people discuss me and my life, wondering if, when the grownups find out will they say what I feel in the pit of my stomach, that they believe I am less able to love than they are.

    Driving to Lidl with my mother yesterday the No campaign was having their say on the radio, I tried to turn it off twice, I really couldn’t take the less that veiled principle beneath the Iona Institute rep’s argument that I was unfit to have a family, unfit to raise a child, damaged and should be kept away from impressionable minds. Mum in her innocence said that no one believed that, but I could hear it, and it was there… this is why they intertwine the two in their argument because they don’t believe that I am worthy to raise children, they see me as damaged and worth less than they are. Read the rest of this post.

    Public Consultation

    Posted by Administrator on April 25, 2015


    It’s time to get typing again and tell the Irish government what you want. If you don’t tell them in as many ways as humanly possible it’s unlikely you’ll be heard. You’ve been asked for your opinion so give it. Closing date is the 1st of May 2015 so don’t leave it on the long finger.  Encourage friends, colleagues, teachers, and especially parents to participate.

    Public Consultation on Future Investment in Early Years and School-Age Care and Education: Views from the Early Years Sector

    Vacancies posted to our website – April 2015

    Posted by Administrator on April 24, 2015


    Posted 24/04/2015

    Employer: Ecole Bilingue Maria Montessori de Versailles, Versailles, France

    Position: Full time AMI Montessori teacher for our English speaking 3-6 Casa community. Hours: 32 weeks of class, 3 and a half weeks of preparation and staff coordination days, 14 weeks of paid holidays.  Start date: 31st August 2015

    Requirements:  This is full-time position that requires keen observation skills, well-developed classroom management abilities, precise planning and record keeping capabilities, differentiated presenting practices, clear communication with students, parents and staff.

    Position requires accompanying children throughout the day including work, lunch and recreation.

    Working papers for Europe obligatory.

    Contact:  For further information contact Sinéad Kavanagh 00 33 619162737. Please forward your CV and cover letter to

    Read the rest of this post.

    Montessori is Everywhere – Pamela Purcell

    Posted by Administrator on April 17, 2015

    I have often remarked to my colleagues at conferences we have attended on behalf of Montessori Alliance how articles, info graphs, white board presentations, introductions to ‘new’ approaches or curricula have held content which is clearly Montessori influenced without the presenter making any mention of the Montessori method. This article by Katrina Schwartz, ‘Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn‘ however does reference Montessori’s innovative approach to learning through movement and acknowledges that modern scientific research is proving her right.

    Spring in Little Treasures’ Montessori Preschool – Ida Lane

    Posted by Administrator on March 30, 2015

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    Our regular blogger Ida Lane has sent us some wonderful pictures of the activities the children in her setting have been busy doing over the past few weeks.  Ida’s setting is called Little Treasures’ Montessori Preschool and is located in Wicklow, Ireland.  We  hope you enjoy her photo blog as much as we did – Lyn


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    Update on our request for a hardcopy version of the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide

    Posted by Administrator on March 26, 2015

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    Below is the response we received regarding our request for a hardcopy version of the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide. As you can see the more people who request a hardcopy the better the chance one will be produced. Send a quick email to and request one. Many voices are better than one lonely voice in the wilderness. ‪#‎oneunitedvoice‬

    “At present there are no plans to publish hard copies of the Practice Guide, as all materials have been made available online.
    The NCCA are keeping note of the number of requests we receive through for hard copies of the manual and this information will be fed back to the Department of Education and Skills (DES). If the demand is great enough, the DES may publish Practice Guide manuals in the future.”

    What do you want Early Years Teacher Training courses to cover?

    Posted by Administrator on March 22, 2015


    Public Consultation on Early Years Education

    The Department of Education and Skills, is conducting a public consultation on early years education. This forms part of a major review of education and training programmes that lead to qualifications in early childhood care and education. The purpose of the review is to ensure that such education and training programmes provide childcare practitioners with appropriate competencies, knowledge and skills to support the educational development of children in early years services including full and part-time care, sessional services and child-minders. Read the rest of this post.

    Job Alerts – March 2015

    Posted by Administrator on March 19, 2015


    Posted 19/03/2015

    Employer: Manor Montessori School, Ashdale Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W

    Position:  Full time Childcare Assistant. Working approximately 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday

    Requirements:  Full qualification at FETAC Level 5 is essential and some experience would be an advantage.

    Contact:  Please contact Maria or Emma on 01 490 2648 for further details

    Read the rest of this post.

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