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  • First Aid Requirement

    Posted by Administrator on March 7, 2018

    The following information comes to us via TUSLA and Louth County Childcare Committee



    • Currently the Early Years Inspectorate is accepting evidence of certification of training in First Aid for children on inspection.  Such certification is from a wide variety of training.  Where a service provides evidence of a person(s) trained in First Aid for children and available to the children at all times the regulatory requirement is deemed to have been met.  This will continue to be acceptable until the 31st of May 2020.

    From the 1st June 2020 First Aid Response (FAR) is the only first aid course that will accepted by the pre-school inspector for the purposes of compliance. First Aid Response (FAR) developed by the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) and delivered by a training provider approved by PHECC as meeting the required standard for compliance with the revised regulation in early years registered services.

    Only one FAR trained person is required to be on the premises at any time and must be available for children at all times. Proportionally more will be required in bigger services. No Specific figures are available yet for the bigger services.

    • It is important when accessing FAR training that the PHECC certified FAR Instructor is recognised by PHECC. FAR offers appropriate training for individuals who require a first aid skill set for both adults and children. The FAR standard includes the full Cardiac First Response Community programme covering the skills of adult, child and infant CPR and relief of choking. All successful course participants are given joint PHECC/Recognised Institution FAR certificates.

    • The certificate expires after two years at which time candidates may re-certify.


    Posted by Administrator on March 6, 2018

    Have you heard of the Journal of Montessori Research?  If you haven’t then take a look at it.

    “The Journal of Montessori Research is a publication of the American Montessori Society (AMS) launched in the [Autumn] of 2015. The founding editor of the publication is Angela Murray, Senior Researcher for AMS.”





    Teaching Principal required by Saint Nicholas Montessori School

    Posted by Administrator on February 26, 2018


    The Board of Trustees of Saint Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland (SNMSI) clg is a not-for-profit charity dedicated to the promotion of Montessori education in Ireland. The Board is seeking to appoint a Teaching Principal to lead the continued strategic development of its school, which delivers education to children up to the age of 12 years.

    Salary will be reflective of qualifications and level of experience.

    Full details, including the application process, are available from:

    The closing date for this position is 1700hrs on 9th March 2018.





    Videos and Resources

    Posted by Administrator on February 13, 2018

    There’s a whole suite of resources and videos on the PBS Learning Media website you may want to check out and use with the children in your setting.  Have a look at this one about dealing with anger




    Change in Recruitment Criteria for TUSLA Early Years Inspectors

    Posted by Administrator on February 2, 2018

    ‘To date, EY Inspector positions have required candidates to be registered as a Public Health Nurse and hold a QQI Level 9 qualification (Masters Level). Changes to the Early Years Care and Education sector in recent years and the increasing professionalisation of that workforce had led to calls for a broadening of eligibility to the post of Early Years Inspector. The recent Labour Court recommendation will allow various professions to apply for these posts, including for the first time graduates from Early Years Care and Education, as well as candidates with suitable qualifications in social care, social work, psychology and education. 20% of the childcare workforce now holds a degree’

    Full DCYA Press Release can be found here



    2nd TUSLA Newsletter issued

    Posted by Administrator on February 2, 2018

    The second edition of Tusla’s newsletter is now available on Tusla’s website. It includes useful information on First Aid Response (FAR), Children First and changes to the management of complaints by the inspectorate.  The newsletter can be accessed here







    Report Published – A Review of Early Years Education Focused Inspection April 2016 – June 2017

    Posted by Administrator on February 1, 2018

    The following was originally posted on the Department of Education & Skills website.  The full report can be found here

    ‘Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone today published a report on the quality of educational provision in early years settings. The report draws from the findings of 867 inspections conducted nationally on providers delivering the state funded Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Free Preschool Programme. These inspections were undertaken to specifically evaluate the quality of children’s learning and development within these settings.

    The report confirms that there has been a strong welcome for early years education-focused inspection. These inspections have strengthened the Government’s commitment to provide every child with enriching, enjoyable early childhood experiences and have validated the professionalism and commitment of the early year’s workforce.

    These inspections also provide robust, authentic information to parents and policymakers about what has been achieved and what still needs to be addressed in the delivery of high quality early education.

    Key insights:

    • Almost all Early Years services provide warm, welcoming and safe environments for children and have very good relationships with parents and families.
    • Many services provide a rich range of learning experiences and are providing children with enjoyable, play-based opportunities that promote the development of important learning dispositions and skills such as curiosity, persistence, independence and empathy.

    Challenges were also identified including; the need for providers to work closely in partnership with parents to support and extend children’s learning and the potential for improving how providers use existing resources such as Aistear and Síolta.

    The Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs will consider all of the report’s recommendations and work with providers on achieving any improvements identified. Follow-through inspections will be carried out to further assess the quality of early years education provision and practice and to assess progress on areas identified as needing improvement.

    In publishing the report Minister Richard Bruton said,

    “This is a very valuable report as it highlights, for the first time, the learning experiences and achievements of children in preschool. It is widely agreed that these early education experiences are critical to young children’s early learning and development and foundational for their lifelong educational achievement. We are committed to making Ireland the best education system in Europe and the contribution of early childhood education has an important role to play in achieving this goal. In partnership with my cabinet colleague Minister Katherine Zappone, we have made good progress in establishing a better understanding of the strengths and challenges of current provision and practice in preschools. We are fully committed to continuing our collaboration to respond to the findings of this report and put in place the conditions for future development and improvement.

    Minister Zappone echoed these ambitions stating,

    “I very much welcome the publication of this report into the quality of children’s early education experiences in the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme, funded by my Department. In addition to increasing the Government’s investment in providing affordable and accessible early years services for all our children, I am especially determined to work to ensure that this provision is of the highest possible quality. The collaboration between my department and the department of education and skills and the Inspectorate has been very important in this regard. The insights offered in this report will ensure that all those who are invested in the delivery of high quality early education and care for our youngest citizens understand the challenges and opportunities that we must address if we are to continue to encourage improvement in quality. On behalf of the Government and my own Department I am very pleased to make a continued commitment to this important endeavour into the future.”



    Integrating the Montessori Pedagogical Approach within the Aistear Curriculum Framework

    Posted by Administrator on January 29, 2018

    We were asked to contribute the following article to Ireland’s Year book of Education (2017).

    The Montessori pedagogical approach is over a hundred years old.  In many parts of the world it provides a structured learning methodology not only to children at pre-school but to those in primary and secondary level.  In Ireland Montessori and pre-school are considered one and the same.  Indeed when Montessori is mentioned in an educational context it is taken for granted to mean pre-school.  Despite being part of the Irish education system both at pre-school and primary level since 1920, Montessori is most widely recognised as a pedagogical approach for young children, those under 6 years of age.  Nevertheless Montessori schools for children up to 12 years of age exist in Ireland.  They are few and far between, but they are there.

    It is necessary to acknowledge the place Montessori has in the continuum of education in order to appreciate that Montessori is not a pedagogy which stops when the child turns 6.  It is in fact a method of building knowledge and awareness of the world around us within children whilst appreciating individual learning styles.

    Montessori observed children; appreciated where their passions and interests lay; planned and constructed learning opportunities to exploit these interests; observed the children interacting with the ‘learning opportunities’; altered the ‘learning opportunities’ as a direct result of these observations; reintroduced the ‘learning opportunities’ to the classroom. This whole cycle of plan-do-review, which is a common practice in many pedagogies, continues much in the same way today.

    The holistic development of the child is the central tenet of the Montessori Approach and also of the Aistear Curriculum Framework.  The child is considered an active agent in his/her own learning. By connected with those around him/her in an interdependent and intradependent way he/she develops the skills necessary for life.  Montessori acknowledged the importance of the learning environment and its ability to impact on the child’s development.  She included everything the child came into contact with under the umbrella of ‘environment’ in much the same way as Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory links the child to society and society to the child.

    The full article can be found here



    Posted by Administrator on January 26, 2018

    There seems to be a high number of children and staff out sick at the moment with flu/cold. This link will bring you to the HSE website’s dedicated FLU/COLD page where you can find a very useful Q&A document for parents.






    Childcare Support Bill 2017

    Posted by Administrator on December 15, 2017

    For those of you in Ireland.  The following is taken directly from the DCYA website

    Thursday 14th December, 2017

    The Childcare Support Bill 2017 has been published and will proceed through the Houses of the Oireachtas in the coming weeks. The bill is an essential element in development of the Affordable Childcare Scheme, which will provide a new approach to supporting affordable access to quality childcare in Ireland..

    In addition to the Childcare Support Bill, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs also today published a Regulatory Impact Analysis of the Affordable Childcare Scheme.

    Full details of the Childcare Support Bill, the Policy Paper and the Regulatory Impact Analysis on the Affordable Childcare Scheme can be found by visiting or

    The Childcare Support Bill will now proceed through the Houses of the Oireachtas over the coming months. At the same time, preparatory work is continuing apace on the other major elements of the scheme, such as the development of ICT and administrative systems.’

    Childcare Support Bill 2017

    Explanatory Memo

    Regulatory Impact of the Childcare Support Bill 2017

    Affordable Childcare Scheme Childcare Support Bill Frequently Asked Questions



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