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  • Annual Leave

    Posted by Administrator on June 24, 2019


    Montessori Alliance will be closed for annual leave from the 24th of June until the 24th of July.  Subscribers can access their accounts as usual during this period.  People can still register and pay for a subscription to our website but it may take up to 48 hours to activate your account.  Emails and correspondence will be dealt with after the 24/7/2019






    Being Included in the Child’s Play – Admin #11

    Posted by Administrator on May 24, 2019

    Today was a very sunny day so we spent a lot of time making the most of it in the garden.  One of the children Kevin, for whom English is a second language tends not to speak unless he has to.  He likes to blow bubbles and today we had a different wand for blowing bubbles.  We played side by side, me with the small bubble wand and Kevin with the long bubble wand. Kevin enjoyed the challenge of making bubbles with the big bubble wand.  At times he asked me to hold the bubble solution container and I choose to regard this as his way of asking me to participate in his activity.  When the bubble solution ran low I asked Kevin if he wanted more to which he replied “yes”.  In hindsight I should have asked him an open question to encourage conversation, something like “what should we do?” or “how can we get more bubbles?” My life seems to be full of ‘if onlys’!

    At one point Kevin spotted a pair of pink princess sunglasses which were just out of his reach.  Kevin didn’t directly ask for them but he pointed to them and said “those”.  I asked him if he wanted the sunglasses and he said “yes”.  I got them and I said “thank you” as I gave them to him.  It may seem a little odd to say thank you when you’re giving something to someone but it was out of my mouth before I knew I had said it. A throwback to my days of trying to instill manners in my own children.  I think I said it to prompt Kevin to say it back to me or to alert him to the response he should give when someone gives him something.  If that was the case then I should have been clearer and said “when someone gives you something it’s nice to say ‘thank you’” and left the rest up to him (another ‘if only’).

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    Implementation Plan

    Posted by Administrator on May 23, 2019

    The Department of Children and Youth Affairs have released the implementation plan for First 5 which covers the first phase – 2019 to 2021. The press release is as follows:

    The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, has today unveiled the Government’s initial implementation plan for ‘First 5’, Ireland’s first ever strategy for early childhood.

    First 5 is a radical ten-year strategy that will deliver:

    1. A broader range of options for parents to balance working and caring
    2. A new model of parenting support
    3. New developments in child health, including a dedicated child health workforce
    4. Reform of the Early Learning and Care (ELC) system, including a new funding model
    5. A package of measures to tackle early childhood poverty

    The Implementation Plan describes the ambitious steps that will be taken in the initial implementation phase – from 2019 to 2021. Its development was led by an Inter-Departmental Group chaired by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

    Speaking about today’s publication, Minister Zappone said:

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    DCYA Early Years Newsletter March 2019

    Posted by Administrator on March 29, 2019

    The latest edition of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Early Years Newsletter (March, 2019) can be found here




    National Childcare Scheme

    Posted by Administrator on March 11, 2019

    The new National Childcare Scheme for Ireland (NCS) is on its way. A new dedicated website for parents and providers was launched this afternoon. The website is being populated at the moment so keep checking back regularly.  The following press release is taken directly from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

    Monday 11th March 2019

    Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has today announced the launch of the National Childcare Scheme, the pathway to quality, accessible, affordable Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare in Ireland. Announcing the Scheme, Minister Zappone noted:
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    Playing Post Office

    Posted by Administrator on March 1, 2019

    Have a look at the downloads which are available from the An Post Schoolbag website. They’d be great props for role play and for Identity & Belonging/Communicating/Exploring and Thinking/Well-being and linking the community/world with the early years setting. 

    The downloads are FREE and should add another element to children’s role play



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    Sense of Order – Admin #10

    Posted by Administrator on February 27, 2019

    At lunch time, the children eat what they want from their lunch box, put their plate in the sink, get their outdoor gear on and head out to the garden.  Today Liam was the last to finish his lunch.  He was still holding his sandwich in his hand. While I tidied up and set the chairs out for circle time I asked him if he wanted to put his sandwich back in his lunch box and finish it at home. He said he wanted to “eat the bread” so I left him to eat it but he didn’t.  Instead he pottered around the shelves and at one point put one chair on top of another and sat on them.  My colleague talked to him and he insisted that he wanted to “eat the bread”.  Liam is normally one of the first to eat his lunch so we knew this behaviour was out of character but we couldn’t pin down the reason behind it.  When asked about his lunch he said repeatedly he wanted to eat it.  When my colleague put Liam’s sandwich in his lunch box and closed the lid Liam got very upset so my colleague took the lid off his lunch box and said of course he could eat it.

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    Montessori Europe Conference – Dublin 2019 – Call for Proposals

    Posted by Administrator on February 20, 2019

    Call for Proposals for Montessori Europe’s Conference – Montessori from the Inside Out – which will be held in Dublin in October 2019

    Theme: Communicating with the wider society and community

    ‘Montessori Europe is thrilled to announce that our 20th Anniversary Congress will take place in Dublin at the Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown on October 11th-12th, 2019.
    Your experience and work are what we want to showcase at this congress with its practical value for our participants. With this Call for Proposals for workshops and forums we invite you to contribute to our congress with a proposal for a workshop, a forum or a panel discussion.
    The deadline for submission is March, 22nd, 2019.’

    Full details can be found at the following link


    NSAI – Aistear & Play CPD

    Posted by Administrator on February 20, 2019

    If you’re interested in taking part in the first round of CPD you better get your skates on and put in your expression of interest form as the first workshop is in the week of the 12th of March 2019

    ‘The National Síolta Aistear Initiative (NSAI) was established in 2016 to support central, coordinated roll out of Síolta and Aistear the national quality and curriculum frameworks. The initiative is a collaboration between DES, DCYA, Better Start and NCCA. Two National Development Officers support the work of the initiative-a National Síolta Development Officer and a National Aistear Development Officer. Please follow this link for more information about the NSAI.

    In *January 2019*, a National Síolta Aistear implementation office was established in Better Start to provide central coordination of the work of the initiative. The National Síolta Development Officer will be co-located within this office and the Early Years Education Policy Unit (DES).

    In 2018, a working group comprising of members from NSAI, NCCA, EYEI and Better Start was convened and developed a new CPD programme for the early learning and care sector, entitled ‘Aistear and Play’.

    ‘Aistear and Play’ consists of 5 individual workshops *(2 and a half hours each)* and two onsite support visits with an early years mentor to support application of learning. This element of the NSAI will be delivered by Better Start National Early Years Quality Development from *March* 2019 to a limited number of early learning and care settings.

    National CPD Funding:
    Approval has been granted to fund CPD payments to early learning and care practitioners who complete the Aistear & Play CPD. This is an extension of the initial pilot payments scheme which began in 2018 for Hanen and Lámh training programmes. A bursary of €13 per hour for up to 12.5 hours will be paid to services for each staff member who completes this training.’

    Please see below more information on Aistear and Play and an expression of interest form for those interested in applying.’ For any queries please contact

    To Apply: Please fill out the expression of interest form and email it to by Thursday 28th February 2019.

    1. Information Leaflet on ‘Aistear & Play’
    2. Details of locations and dates of workshops
    3. ‘Aistear & Play’ expression of interest form



    New Resource – A4 Spring Flower Demonstration Cards

    Posted by Administrator on February 20, 2019

    A new download, A4 Spring Flower Demonstration Cards, has been added to the biology section of Montessori Alliance’s website. The download contains 12 photographs of spring flowers with the name of the flower underneath the photograph. 12 matching photographs without names and 12 name cards.  Full instructions are included in the download. Subscribers can access it by following this link and logging into their account.





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