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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
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  • 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

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    UPDATE: Aistear Síolta Practice Guide

    Posted by Administrator on March 15, 2015

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    The new practice guide for the National Frameworks of Aistear & Síolta is being uploaded to the National Council for Curriculum & Assessment website.  Many of the resources have been added and it looks like more will be added over the next few months.  We’re still exploring the website and thought you might like to join us so grab a coffee and click here

    National Childhood Network Conference

    Posted by Administrator on March 6, 2015

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    The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) will facilitate consultative sessions for conference delegates on the new Síolta/Aistear Practice Guide at the National Childhood Network (NCN) conference which is taking place on the 20th & 21st of March in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone.

    This will provide an important opportunity for a range of stakeholders working directly or indirectly within the early childhood sector to discuss and respond to this valuable resource.If you haven’t already done so book your place today as spaces are filling up fast

    Aistear Síolta Practice Guide

    Posted by Administrator on February 25, 2015


    The new Aistear Síolta Practice Guide is due to be launched in the next week or two and will be available on 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


    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


    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

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