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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
  • 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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    Bugs in the Classroom=Infectious Enthusiasm – Fiona Ní Riain (Naíonra Matters)

    Posted by Administrator on January 30, 2015

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    I’m a weirdo. I like bugs and creepy crawlies and reptiles. I find spiders totally engrossing. And one of my earliest memories is trying to feed my ‘pet’ snails grass in their brick ‘house’ in the garden. As a child I was always aware that I had different interests but as an educator being different has proven an incredible advantage, because the children gain first-hand experience of difference as something to be embraced.

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    Job Alerts posted during January 2015

    Posted by Administrator on January 15, 2015

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    Posted 13/01/2015

    Employer: FUNtastic Childcare Events

    Position:  Casual part-time worker to entertain children at weddings, christenings etc.

    Requirements:   Candidates must be flexible as working hours/days will vary depending on demand. Experience with children of various ages essential. Candidates need to be energetic, creative and fun loving.  Ownership or use of a car and first aid training would be an advantage.

    Contact:  Please forward your CV and cover letter to Erica at funtasticchildcareevents@gmail.com

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    #oneunitedvoice – Sinead Matson

    Posted by Administrator on January 13, 2015

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    In reaction to the news that a new “affordability of childcare” scheme is being brought to the Cabinet tomorrow in Ireland, we can only sigh. The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Sector have been calling for direct investment in early childhood (0-6 years) services for years and pressure on the government is mounting. Ireland spend less than 0.2% on ECCE compared to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average which is 0.7% and significantly lower than the recommended 1% . This target was set in 1996. We think it is worth reiterating that in nineteen years Ireland, as a country, has still only invested 0.2%. Does Ireland value its most vulnerable citizens? Well our past record says no. Read the rest of this post.

    Level 6 Award pre Common Award Standard

    Posted by Administrator on January 7, 2015

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    Clarification from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs regarding Montessori Level 6 awards issued pre Common Awards Standard (CAS) was received by Childcare Committees and VCOs recently. 

    It states that the 6 Montessori component awards at Level 6 which were considered sufficient for a Major Level 6 award before CAS ‘are equivalent to a Major Award at level 6 for the purposes of the ECCE programme….Please note that this does not mean that this suite of awards is equivalent to a Major Award in level 6 in any other context’
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    Letters – David King

    Posted by Administrator on December 15, 2014

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    Back at the start of October  the pupils in the Glebe Primary Montessori started work on projects. The projects came out of one child’s interest in the Queens Guards. As a result, we delved into lessons revolving around England and the Royal Family. The children decided that they would like to work in groups so I gave them the open and loose title of ‘England’.  The children got really excited and involved in their projects, with many of them choosing to focus on some aspect of the Royal family or on English soccer teams. They worked on their projects for two weeks both in school and at home. The finished projects were amazing, especially considering that it was the first taste of project work for the children who had just come in to the 6-9 year olds environment from the 3-6 year olds class. Read the rest of this post.

    Biology Jigsaws

    Posted by Administrator on December 13, 2014

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    We’ve created 6 jigsaws and 6 matching control cards for Garden Birds of Ireland. The download costs €1.99 and can be purchased from our shop.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Conference Review – Start Strong – ‘Childcare’ Business or Profession? – Pamela Purcell & Lyn Bowers

    Posted by Administrator on December 9, 2014

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    A delegation from Montessori Alliance attended Start Strong’s Conference ‘Childcare’ Business or Profession? which was held on the 3rd of December 2014 in the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin. After the welcome address by the Chair of Start Strong Tony Crooks, Ciairín de Buis who is the director of Start Strong described some of the stresses, financial strains, lack of recognition of Early Years as being of importance, poor pay and no clear career path progression for the people who work within early years that are at present burdening the Early Childhood Care and Education Sector. Ciairín said Early Educators need to be perceived and treated as professionals by both the public and the government and there needs to be a much higher level of public investment in the sector as only then will early years professionals gain the level of quality all early years services should provide and to which early years professionals aspiring to. Read the rest of this post.

    Buy and Download our Resources

    Posted by Administrator on December 9, 2014

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    A few simple clicks is all it takes to add a wealth of resources to your shelves.  Visit our online shop to purchase our Language, Mathematics, Biology, History and Geography material in pdf format.  A link will be emailed to you so you can download the pdfs you have purchased as soon as payment has been made.  Make sure you have enough ink in your printer, your laminator is plugged in and you have an endless supply of tea or coffee to see you through the myriad of resources we have available for you to download and create beautiful learning experiences for the children in your setting.  Our online shop is in the process of being uploaded with stock so keep checking back to see what has been added. Read the rest of this post.

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