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  • Profession Identity Survey (Ireland)

    Posted by Administrator on March 3, 2017

    To all providers and staff of registered Early Years services in Ireland

    In 2016 the DCYA established a National Early Years Forum. Arising from this development a sub group from across our sector has been established to consider professionalistion within the sector. (see list below) You are now being given the opportunity to have your VOICE heard, please read on and PLEASE SHARE

    One of the key requirements of being identified as a profession is having an agreed, recognised title. In Early Childhood Education and Care services we tend to define ourselves in terms of our job description e.g. project leader; centre manager; team leader; manager; room leader; teacher; childcare assistant; childminder; etc. Similarly in the profession of engineering they too have role titles such as project leaders; managers; etc. but they all identify as being within one shared profession – Engineer. Selecting a shared title for our profession does not change our job title but it does give us a shared professional identity that is recognised by the wider society. Using the democratic process to collectively agree a title will support us in claiming a recognised and respected place on the education and care continuum.

    Following initial research around the country three viable options have emerged. Regardless of the Title that is chosen the role will be to enhance children’s holistic development ( in their pre-primary years within a range of settings ( 3 months -5 years)

    1. Early Years Practitioner
    2. Early Years Educator
    3. Early Years Teacher

    Please use this link to vote once so that we can democratically name our profession. Share this link widely to ensure that as many of your colleagues as possible have their say on what our profession will be called. There is only one question so this survey will only take a few seconds to complete.
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    Graduations – Celtic Graduations

    Posted by Administrator on February 27, 2017

    Celtic Graduations supply caps & gowns to early years services in Ireland to mark the transition from preschool, kindergarten, Montessori etc., to Primary school. With Graduation season fast approaching check out their full range of kids Graduation Cap & Gown on their website. Graduation accessories also available.



    Licence to Collect Frog Spawn (Ireland)

    Posted by Administrator on February 25, 2017

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    You need a licence to collect & use frog spawn for educational purposes in Ireland. You can download the licence here & remember to return the tadpole/immature frogs back to the pond/river you got them from.  And remember to check out the ‘Frog’ downloads we have available for you to create resources from.




    Children’s Rights Alliance 2017 Report Card

    Posted by Administrator on February 21, 2017

    The 2017 Report Card from the Children’s Rights Alliance has been released.  Overall the Irish government got a D+ with Rights in Early Childhood receiving a C+ grade.  Have a read of the full report on the Children’s Rights Alliance website





    Language Workshop – Muintir na Leanaí

    Posted by Administrator on February 13, 2017

    Catherine from Muintir na Leanaí is holding her next Montessori Language Workshop in the Riasc Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin on Saturday the 25th of February 2017.  The workshop will run from 10am to 4.30pm, costs €90 and refreshments will be provided.  The topics presented will include reading readiness, the Montessori language materials and how these related to the two Early Years Frameworks of Aistear & Siolta.  Places for this popular workshop are limited and are on a first come first served basis.  To book a place contact Catherine on 086 8881963 or email

    Simply Felt Ireland

    Posted by Administrator on February 10, 2017

    Hi, my name is Lorna, I am the owner of Simply Felt Ireland which specialises in Fiber Art.  To create my products I use a process called Wet Felting which involves using unspun wool and water to create felt. You can find out more about the process at this link.

    I am a mother of four beautiful children who keep me on my toes.  Life is busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  They keep me young, not sure about them keeping me fit though!

    I fell into doing crafts.  I was always one for creating with my kids, always collecting and making things.  I love to create! It’s a passion but it can also be my nemesis because if I don’t make something I get cranky!

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    Garda Vetting UPDATE from Canavan Byrne

    Posted by Administrator on January 27, 2017

    Canavan Byrne who have been supporting Early Years services in Ireland for over 10 years have posted the following useful summary regarding Garda Vetting in Ireland in a blog post on their website.

    “You are all aware by now the under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 (no 47 of 2012) it is a criminal offence not to have Garda vetting disclosure when working with children and vulnerable adults. This applies to staff that started from the 29th April 2016. When TUSLA inspect the employee can be removed from the service. For employees employed pre-April 2016 it will result in a non-compliance and a condition will be added to the registration.

    Garda vetting carried out through the national vetting bureau covers the Republic and Northern Ireland

    All employees, volunteers and students working in the service must be Garda vetted. This includes relief staff. This also applies to the Board of management/Directors.
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    **Bursary from DCYA (Ireland) for qualifications already attained**

    Posted by Administrator on January 9, 2017

    The deadline to apply for this bursary is 5pm January 17th. All forms have to be filled in and returned to your local Childcare Committee by the deadline. You will also need to provide further documentation on that date. So if you are thinking of applying for it or know someone in Ireland who could be eligible please SHARE this post.  You can download the form here

    “The Department of Children and Youth Affairs recognises that there are a number of practitioners who have upskilled to a Level 7/8/9 in Early Childhood Care and Education during the same period and have not received any financial support. Therefore, in recognition of this commitment to further professionalisation, the DCYA plan to pay a Bursary (of approx. €750) to Early Years practitioners who have completed a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7, Level 8, or Level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications since the inception of the Learner Fund (2013). This qualification must be on the DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list.

    To be considered eligible for the Learner Fund Bursary, an applicant must:
    • Have graduated with a major award in Early Childhood Care and Education at Level 7/8/9 on the National Framework of Qualifications in 2013, 2014, 2015, or 2016 *. (Qualification must be on DCYA Early Years Recognised Qualifications list);
    • Have been working in a registered Early Years Service prior to beginning their course;
    • Be currently working in a registered Early Years Service;
    • Not have received any state funding to assist in completing their listed course. (skillsnet, CCC funding, etc.);
    • Have completed and forwarded the application form (along with all relevant documentation) to their local CCC for consideration by 5 pm on Tuesday 17th January 2017.”



    New Resource for Subscribers

    Posted by Administrator on January 6, 2017

    The 5th set of pictures for the continent folder of Africa has been uploaded to our website. Subscribers can log in to their account and access it at the following link




    Part time & Full time Montessori Teachers Required

    Posted by Administrator on January 5, 2017

    Employer: Horizons Montessori School, 2 Cypress Park, Templeogue, Dublin 6W

    Positions: Full-time Montessori Teacher & Part-time Montessori Teacher required to join our established team

    Requirements: Minimum Qualification at Level 5.  These positions would suit enthusiastic, creative individuals with a passion for the Montessori pedagogical approach.

    Contact: Please forward your CV and cover letter to or phone 01 4905663 for further information.




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