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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
    4. Subscribe for €30 per year to access resources you can use in your setting
  • Aistear Síolta Practice Guide

    Posted by Administrator on February 25, 2015

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    The new Aistear Síolta Practice Guide is due to be launched in the next week or two and will be available on www.aistearsiolta.ie so keep an eye on the website, there’s nothing on it at the mo but we’ve been reliably informed it will be full of useful information and resources.  For more information subscribe to receive newsletters from the  National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) directly into your inbox.

     

    New Downloads Available

    Posted by Administrator on February 21, 2015

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    We’ve been busy creating new downloads for our subscribers to print. cut, laminate and put on their shelves.  We’ve been concentrating on the language material specifically the early grammar resources.  We’ve uploaded large format noun cards both simple and complex versions, large format verb cards (complex), large format adverb cards (complex).  We’ve also created reading cards for Farm 1 but unfortunately you’ll have to supply the objects :)  Subscribers can find them by logging into their account and going to the Language Downloads section

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    Let’s Keep Up the Momentum – Sinead Matson

    Posted by Administrator on February 19, 2015

    SAVE THE DATE

    Let’s keep up the momentum! Right in the heart of the country in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone, Border Counties Childhood Network (BCCN) are holding their first open space conference as the National Childhood Network on Friday and Saturday the 20th & 21st of March 2015.  The aim of the conference is to provide the space for providers, practitioners, childminders, after school staff, support service staff, and everyone who works in or supports the Early Years & After schools sector, to come together and voice their opinions and more importantly find the solutions for creating real change! It’s accessible, affordable and open to ALL! Book your place at the Open Space forum now. Conference Brochure & Booking form

     

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    Job Alerts – February 2015

    Posted by Administrator on February 18, 2015

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    Posted 18/02/2015

    Employer: Bloomfield Childcare, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

    Position: Full time Montessori Teacher to start in March 2015

    Requirements:  Minimum Level 5 qualification in Childcare on the NFQ is required and a Montessori qualification. The successful candidate will have the ability to work flexibly within a team, excellent knowledge of the Montessori method of education, dedication to providing the best possible level of care and education to all the children in our setting, and excellent command of the English language, both spoken and written.  Experience in a similar role is preferred.

    Contact:  Please forward your CV and cover letter to Carmel at info@bloomfieldchildcare.ie

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    Useful Language Resource

    Posted by Administrator on February 12, 2015

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    The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) have developed a new learning support workbook called Brushing Up. It covers the basics of spelling, grammar and punctuation. It also has exercises to practise on and answers at the back.  It can be downloaded here or you can order a hardcopy by ringing NALA on 01 412 7900

     

     

    Better Start Website is Live

    Posted by Administrator on February 11, 2015

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    The National Early Years Quality Support Service website ‘Better Start‘ is now live. Have a look at it and tell us what you think

    “Better Start is a new Quality Development initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), collaborating with the Early Years Education Policy Unit of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and works to establish a cohesive approach to quality across the Early Childhood Education and Care sector in Ireland.

    It is a national service, working in collaboration with City and County Childcare Committees and Voluntary Childcare Organisations to ensure that children in Ireland benefit from high quality early years services.  Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Aistear, the National Early Years Curriculum Framework are the national quality frameworks which underpin this work.  These evidence-based frameworks are designed to support early years services to provide the best possible outcomes for children from birth to six years.”

    What is a Montessori setting?

    Posted by Administrator on February 5, 2015

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    This video from Countryside Montessori in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA would be excellent to show parents at open evenings or just to link to on your blog/Facebook.  It was made by a Montessori student from a 9-12 year olds class and really shows what the Montessori pedagogical approach is all about .

    #oneunitedvoice

    Posted by Administrator on February 4, 2015

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    The Association of Childhood Professionals​ rally is less than two weeks away! Have you registered your intention to attend the rally? We’ll be there and hope to see you there too. You may be asking yourself why you should participate so detailed below are some of the modest aims we as a profession want action on.  It’s time for you to stand up and be counted.  This will be a momentous day, a day when your voice counts and changes the way the Government thinks and considers the Early Years Sector

    This rally provides the opportunity for us to stand together and demand a change of attitude and policy that will result in the positive development of our profession.

    Among these changes are:

    1. Immediate reinstatement of the €2 capitation that was cut in budget 2011.  Begin work on establishing an agreed national pay scale that will be tied to increased government investment.  This pay scale should be in place (agreed and funded in 3 – 5 years.
    2. Extend ECCE Scheme contract to include statutory holiday entitlements and national CPD training days. This contract should also be extended to stop making seasonal workers of qualified experienced practitioners.
    3. Expand eligibility criteria for accessing Learner Fund – to allow those in our profession to access Level 6 and degree courses even though it is not qualification requirement for their position.
    4. Begin investment for babies-3 cohort.
    5. Consult on and publish the Early Years Strategy as a matter of priority so that we will have a cohesive plan to work from.
    6. On-going consultation and negotiation with our profession in relation to all policy developments and funding decisions that impact on our profession

    Pressure

    Posted by Administrator on January 31, 2015

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    A member of our community who is based in Ireland has articulated how we think many of you are feeling:

    ‘It’s about time we said enough is enough. Just said to my husband, when I came into this profession 16 years ago it was magical – I felt like the luckiest person alive to spend quality time with these little people. Now my days are overshadowed with regulation after regulation and fear of being named and shamed because we don’t have spare snacks for children who don’t get breakfast or we don’t get the time to document everything. My brain is fried most days and it’s not the children that fry it, it’s the regulations! Give me 20 preschoolers any day over one preschool inspector!’

    We posted the above observation onto our Facebook page and here are some of the comments people have made:

     

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    Touch Up Paint

    Posted by Administrator on January 31, 2015

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    We have a very active Facebook page with a very generous group of people who we tend to view as a community.  They provide support to fellow teachers, students and parents.  They also ask questions which promote discussions which hopefully lead to debate and in some instances answers!  A member of our community recently posed the following question:

     

    “I was wondering if you knew where I could buy touch up paint for my Montessori materials? I need paint for Broad Stairs, Long Rods, Number Rods, Pink Tower , and green sandpaper numbers. They are looking a bit tired and a spruce up would make a big difference”

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